14/08/2014 16:53 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Six-Year-Old Rape Victim Forced To Marry Her Attacker's Eight-Year-Old Son

Six-year-old rape victim forced to marry her attacker's eight-year-old son

A six-year-old rape victim is being forced to marry the eight-year-old son of the man who attacked her, it is being reported in India.

It's claimed the victim, who lives in the village of Keshavpura, in Rajasthan, was attacked by the 40-year-old around two weeks ago.

Instead of going to police, her family complained to council elders who held a meeting to decide what should happen to the alleged rapist.

They then told the girl's parents that their daughter must marry her attacker's eight-year-old son – but the victim's family has refused to accept the elders' decision.

Now police have became involved after social activists took the victim and her parents to a police station in Kota to file a complaint. The man was arrested and an investigation has been launched into the allegations against the council elder.

A police spokesman said: "He locked her in a room and raped her. Instead of registering a police complaint, elders belonging to the girl's caste called a panchayat (village council) meeting."

Rajasthan is one of the most conservative states in India and, despite efforts by campaigners, child marriage is still relatively common. The attack comes amid nationwide protests to force Indian authorities to introduce tougher laws for crimes against women and girls.