Residents in New Delhi, India’s capital city, are fuming after the savage rapes of two young children in recent days. Police arrested two teenagers on Sunday for allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl and leaving her for dead. The toddler went missing Friday during a power outage in her neighborhood and was found hours later bleeding and unconscious in a park. Authorities launched a manhunt and arrested two 17-year-old boys. Officials said the teens confessed to the brutal crime under interrogation. On Saturday, Police also arrested three men for raping a 5-year-old girl, in a separate but similarly disturbing incident in a suburb of the capital. The two shocking incidents come on the heels of another child rape a week earlier. In that case, a 4-year-old girl was raped and later found dumped next to a railroad track and suffering from knife wounds. The recent spate of sexual violence against children has triggered a major uproar in a country and city, which some are referring to as a “rape capital,” still reeling from the fatal 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a public bus. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi found himself at the center of the criticism following the recent assaults. Arvind Kejriwal, New Delhi’s top elected official, blasted Modi, saying the local police, which report directly to India’s federal government, are failing to protect the public.
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