A 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped on a train traveling through the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, authorities revealed to local media Monday.
The young girl told police the man handed her a 10 Indian rupee note (about $0.16) after the brutal act, the Press Trust of India reports.
The rape is believed to have taken place on an express train sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. As local publications describe, the man allegedly followed the girl to the bathroom, where he then forced himself inside the stall and sexually assaulted her. He then gave her money and dumped her near a train station in the Bilaspur of the central Indian state, reports note.
It's not known whether the girl was traveling alone or with company at the time.
While a medical examination confirmed the young girl was raped, police are still trying to determine whether the crime took place on the train or at another location in the region.
Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Ratanlal Dangi told the PTI that the girl was found "seriously injured and profusely bleeding" at a market near a train station in the district.
According to The Hindu, sources at the Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Sciences, where the girl was admitted, said she is the intensive care unit but in stable condition.
The sexual assault is the latest of several recent incidents that have involved children in India.
In April, reports surfaced that a 5-year-old girl was repeatedly raped and tortured throughout a period of several days, while a 4-year-old sustained fatal brain injuries during an alleged rape weeks later. Another young girl, 11, died earlier this month after she was reportedly set on fire for resisting sexual assault.