An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her elder brother, also a minor, in north-west Delhi’s Adarsh Nagar, the police said on Wednesday.

The police were informed by a local hospital on Monday that a girl, who was bleeding profusely from the private parts, had been brought in.

The girl told a counsellor that her elder brother had forced himself on her while their parents were away, a police officer said. The parents returned home in the evening to find the girl bleeding and rushed her to a hospital, he said. The boy has been detained, the officer added.

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal visited the victim on Wednesday.

“She sustained severe injuries and had to undergo a major operation. Currently, she is in a serious condition,” the DCW said in a statement.

“The girl’s parents are daily-wage labourers and are very poor,” it added.

The DCW said it will support the girl’s treatment and file a case to seek compensation for her.

“Crimes against women and girls are on a rise in the country and concerted steps have to be taken by governments against them,” Ms. Maliwal said.

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