Condition of Indian rape victim (5) improves

Girl was assaulted and tortured and then left alone in locked room for two days

Indian police man barricades outside the residence of the chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi during a protest rally in New Delhi yesterday following the rape of a five-year-old girl. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Indian police man barricades outside the residence of the chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi during a protest rally in New Delhi yesterday following the rape of a five-year-old girl. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Sun, Apr 21, 2013, 14:55

A doctor says the condition of a five-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and tortured by a man and then left alone in a locked room in India’s capital for more than two days has improved.

DK Sharma said the girl was responding well to treatment and that her condition was stable.

Police say the girl went missing on April 15th and was found two days later by neighbours who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her family.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

For the second consecutive day, hundreds of people protested outside police headquarters, angry over allegations that police had ignored complaints by the girl’s parents that she was missing.

AP