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Security guard arrested over brutal sexual assault of girl (6) in India

There have been an increasing number of protests in recent years
There have been an increasing number of protests in recent years

A man has been arrested in connection with a brutal sexual assault of a six-year-old girl in India.

Amid the furore surrounding a BBC documentary which featured those responsible for the shocking 2012 rape and murder of a young woman, another case has emerged which sadly resembles that of the aforementioned incident.

According to the Times of India, a man has been arrested in connection with a shocking sexual assault in the west of India.

A six-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted with the perpetrator inserting an iron rod into her 'private parts', the Times of India said. The attack happened on Friday afternoon and bears similarities with the 2012 case, which sickened people around the world. 

The young girl came home crying, with her frock soiled. Her father, who is a labourer at a construction site in Sola, said she had been playing on a construction site next to one where her father was working when the alleged attack took place. 

"She said that a security guard of the adjoining construction site had taken her to a basement at the site, molested her, beat her with a TMT iron bar and inserted it into her private parts. Rajput and other labourers rushed to the site and confronted the man, who fled," said a Sola police official.

Her father immediately contacted police and they arrested a man, who said he had previous grievances with the family and exacted his revenge on the girl. 

Police also recovered the blood stained four-foot rod, the Times said. 

The latest attack comes at a time when India's attitudes towards sexual assault and rape is under the spotlight. A BBC documentary, called India’s Daughter, includes an interview with one of the men convicted of abducting, raping and assaulting with an iron bar an aspiring physiotherapist on 16 December 2012.

India has banned the interview as it is said it could "create a situation of tension and fear amongst women in the society".