A six-year-old girl has been raped and mutilated in a public toilet in New Delhi, India, just a week after a five-year-old suffered a similarly horrific attack in the country's capital.

The youngster, who was living in one of the city's slums, was using a facility in the southeast of the capital.

“She left the house to use the toilet around 3.30pm. When her uncle went looking for her, he found her in a semi-naked condition, bleeding and howling in pain,” a police officer told the Hindustan Times.

The girl was in a serious but stable condition after doctors performed life-saving surgery.

A senior doctor at the AIIMS trauma centre told the Times of India: "Preliminary medical examination shows severe damage to private parts which could be due to sexual assault or inserting of a foreign object. Her condition is critical."

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There have been protests after police were accused of not doing enough to protect children

A five-year-old girl who was raped and abducted last week in New Delhi has shone a spotlight on the safety of children in the capital. Her condition is said to be improving.

Protests have taken place outside Delhi Police Headquarters and in front of AIIMS Hospital in solidarity with the victim.

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Hospital staff move the body of the five-year-old

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 attacks, President Pranab Mukherjee said last week 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)

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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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    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)