The kidnapping and rape occurred on Sunday in the satellite city of Gurgaon. The crime received very little attention until members of the local media learned of the attack and began reporting it on Friday.
Om Prakash, a local police officer, confirmed the crime had been reported, telling News.com
"Medical examinations have confirmed rape. The girl is recuperating in a hospital. We have launched a manhunt to arrest those responsible for the brutal act but have few leads as the girl is unable to give a proper statement since she is traumatized."
A motorist found the child by the roadside around 10 p.m. Sunday. He stopped to check on her and found her crying and lying a pool of blood. He notified law enforcement who rushed her to the hospital.
The girl was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital in critical condition, suffering "severe injuries". The hospital's medical superintendent, Dr. B D Athani told the Times of India
"Her intestines have been partially damaged, while her genitals had major injuries that required emergency reparative surgery."
The girl had been playing in her yard and when her family checked on her at 7:00 p.m. they could not locate her. After searching for her for about an hour, they filed a missing person report with police.
Officials say the girl was last seen with a man in his early twenties who was taking her towards the Dhundahera village near Gurgaon. Based on her injuries however, they believe there was more than one attacker.
According to India's NDTV
, another 6-year-old girls was abducted in the same neighborhood and gang raped by three men in October.
The attack comes less than 2 months after the rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student caused international outrage. The brutal attack also prompted several demonstrations and protests against a seemingly growing number of violent attacks against women in India. Earlier this month, a 19-year-old woman was injured after she fought off her would be rapist at her home in Lajpat Nagar according to Times of India