A five-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she was kidnapped and brutally raped by her 22-year-old neighbour in New Delhi.

The youngster went missing on Monday and was rescued nearly two days later after a passer-by heard her cries. Her attacker left her for dead after attempting to strangle her, according to reports.

RN Bansal, chief of the Swami Dayanand Hospital said her genitals had been mutilated and objects had to be removed from her body after causing internal injuries and infection, according to Al Jazeera. Her condition is said to be stable with the next 48 hours critical in her fight for survival.

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Hospital staff move her body

Protests have taken place outside Delhi Police Headquarters and in front of AIIMS Hospital in solidarity with the victim. Police have been criticised after the girl's father claimed officers offered him a bribe of 2000 rupees to "keep quiet" about the case, whilst allegedly the assistant commissioner of police slapped a girl protester at least four times, causing her ear to bleed, reported the Hindustan Times.

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Protesters scuffle with police outside the hospital where the five-year-old is treated

Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said: "We initially registered a case of kidnapping. We have now launched a preliminary inquiry into rape and attempted murder." He added that police would investigate claims of police corruption.

The latest wave of protests come in the wake of a number of attacks. The death of a 23-year-old student who died after being brutally raped on a bus in New Delhi earlier in 2012 shocked the nation and gave new vigor to the women's rights movement.

Her horrific death prompted a national outpouring of grief and angry protests against a government which is perceived to have done little to tackle violence against women.

In the wake of the latest attack, President Pranab Mukherjee said it was important to identify the causes behind the repeated failure of society to ensure security of women and children, reported the Times of India.

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    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, in front of police headquaters in New Delhi on April 20, 2013. Indian police on Saturday arrested a man over the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl that has sparked fresh protests against sexual violence in the country. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, in front of police headquaters in New Delhi on April 20, 2013. Indian police on Saturday arrested a man over the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl that has sparked fresh protests against sexual violence in the country. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, in front of police headquaters in New Delhi on April 20, 2013. Indian police on Saturday arrested a man over the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl that has sparked fresh protests against sexual violence in the country. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013. A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013. A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • INDIA-RAPE-CRIME-CHILDREN-SOCIETY

    Indian protestors shout anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013. A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 5-Year-Old Delhi Girl Allegedly Raped By Neighbour

    NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 19: Veenu Rawat, an activist who was slapped by the Delhi Police ACP while the people were protesting against the rape at Swami Dayanand Hospital following rape of five year old girl who is admitted at hospital on April 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Doctors said the victim suffered serious injuries to her private parts resulting in serious infection. They said the child's condition is very critical and some foreign objects were found inside her. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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    NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 19: Family members enter hospital gate during a 5 year old rape victim, allegedly by her neighbour, being shifted to the hospital for medical checkup at Swami Dayanand Hospital of North East Delhi, on April 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Doctors said the victim suffered serious injuries to her private parts resulting in serious infection. They said the child's condition is very critical and some foreign objects were found inside her. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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    An Indian protestor waves the national flag as she shouts anti-government and Delhi police slogans during a demonstration against the rape of a five-year old girl, outside a hospital in New Delhi on April 19, 2013. A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN (Photo credit should read RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 5-Year-Old Delhi Girl Allegedly Raped By Neighbour

    NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 19: Family members enter hospital gate during a 5 year old rape victim, allegedly by her neighbour, being shifted to the hospital for medical checkup at Swami Dayanand Hospital of North East Delhi, on April 19, 2013 in New Delhi, India. Doctors said the victim suffered serious injuries to her private parts resulting in serious infection. They said the child's condition is very critical and some foreign objects were found inside her. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)