Five-year-old girl dies following rape in India

Tuesday 30 April 2013 22.29
Protests over the rape were held on 22 April
Protests over the rape were held on 22 April

A five-year-old girl has died after being raped in central India, according to a district official.

Bharat Yadav said the girl suffered cardiac arrest late last night at a hospital in Nagpur city where she was being treated for injuries from the assault.

The girl was reportedly lured from her home on 17 April, and found the next day by her parents. She had been in a coma since 18 April.

Mr Yadav said two men have been arrested.

India has seen a recent sharp rise in numbers of rapes and sexual crimes against women and children. Officials say the spike has resulted from more people reporting the crimes.

Earlier this month, another five-year-old girl was kidnapped, raped and tortured by two men who then abandoned her in a locked room in New Delhi.

She is still recovering at a hospital in the city.

The attacks come four months after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked outrage across India about the treatment of women in the country.