Hundreds of people in parts of central India are demanding the death penalty for two men who were arrested for allegedly brutally raping a 7-year-old girl and trying to cut her throat with a knife.
Protesters filled the streets on Saturday Blocking transportation and closing companies for justice for the victim who was reportedly attacked Tuesday in Mandsaur, a city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The city is located 685 kilometers southwest of New Delhi
Police say the two men allegedly abducted the child while she was waiting to be picked up by her parents at school. Officials say the girl, who was found bleeding and unconscious on Wednesday with puncture wounds from the alleged attack, is in stable condition in a hospital.
Officials said they could make the arrests after watching CCTV footage of the school, showing one of the prosecutors how they went away with the child after offering sweets, BBC News reported.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the state's prime minister, is among those calling for the death penalty for the two suspects.
"These beasts are a burden on earth," he told NDTV. "They do not deserve to live."
He continued, "In cases of rape, we have made provision for trials at the train stations, and we will ask the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court to make a similar provision so that those guilty of those crimes are sentenced to the death penalty at the earliest . "
The crimes against women in India have risen despite tightened laws. India has been shaken by a series of sexual assault since 2012 when a student was raped and murdered in a traveling New Delhi bus.
The government has enacted a series of laws that increase the punishment for rape of an adult to 20 years in prison, but it is rare for more than a few weeks to pass without another report of brutal sexual assault.
In response to widespread outrage over the recent rapes and killings of young girls and other attacks on children, the Indian government recently issued a death sentence for those convicted of rape of children under the age of 12
Associated Press contributed to this report.