In yet another blow to humanity, a three-year-old girl was dragged inside a parked bus on Canal Road in Kolkata and raped by a 45-year-old cleaner, even as her five-year-old brother kept banging on the bus’s doors, begging him to leave his sister alone.

Reports suggest that after his efforts went in vain, the brother rushed to his mother who raised an alarm. The neighbours came and rescued the baby girl and thrashed the rapist soundly before calling the police.

Doctors at the R G Kar Medical College and Hospital said that the girl was brutalised (she was bleeding profusely) but would hopefully pull through.

The horrifying incident happened on Monday afternoon when the brother-sister duo was playing. Their ball fell near the bus and as the girl walked up to the bus for picking the ball, the man named Sheikh Munna dragged her inside and locked the door.

“The little boy kept banging on the shut door, calling for his sister and crying that she be left alone. He then ran home and called his mother when he realised that the door would not open.”, girl’s uncle stated.

The little boy followed his sister and kept on pleading Munna to leave her but all in vain. Subsequently, he ran and narrated it all to his mother who told neighbours. They reached the spot, rescued the little girl who was bleeding profusely and thrashed the rapist prior to informing police.

They first took the girl to a private nursing home and then to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital. Doctors told that she was ill-treated; however, she would possibly recover. Later on, the accused Sheikh Munna was detained by police.

“The little boy kept banging on the shut door, calling for his sister and crying that she be left alone. He then ran home and called his mother when he realised that the door would not open,” said the brother’s uncle to the paper. We saw the girl lying on a bus seat. Munna had blood on his hands and trousers. The child’s clothes were torn and she was bleeding profusely,” the uncle added.

Forensics officers are also performing tests on blood and stains found on the bus.

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