Indian police have arrested a man for allegedly shoving a metal rod down the throat of a 22-year-old woman during an attempted rape at her home in New Delhi, detectives said on Wednesday.

The attack, which happened on Monday night, comes just weeks after a fatal attack on a 23-year-old student who was gang-raped and violated with a rusty iron bar on a bus in Delhi on December 16.

“The accused tried to rape the girl and when she resisted his move, he shoved a rod in her mouth,” Ajay Chaudhry, a senior police officer investigating the case, said. “We have arrested the accused. A case of assault and attempted murder has been registered.”

The victim underwent surgery and is stable now.

Police say the suspect had called at the house on the pretext of collecting the monthly electricity charge, then tried to rape the woman on finding her alone.

She sustained severe injuries in her mouth and was left with bruises around her neck, Chaudhry said.

In another incident of sexual assault that was reported in the local media today, a 22-year-old woman was left with a damaged uterus after a gang rape in northern Uttarakhand state.

The Hindustan Times said three men gang-raped the woman after spiking her drink at a birthday party in the industrial town of Kashipur.

“We are conducting the necessary forensic tests and DNA samples are also being collected so that the guilty are not spared,” the newspaper quoted senior police officer Sanjay Gunjyal as saying.

The December 16 gang rape triggered mass protests across India and shone a spotlight on the frightening incidence of violence against women in the country.

A total of 24 206 rape cases were registered in 2011.

However, activists say those statistics represent only a fraction of the overall total because of the social stigma attached to reporting such crimes to the police. – Sapa-AFP