Two days after a 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at her home, the Delhi police Thursday arrested one person in connection with the case. According to the police, the accused had entered the West Delhi residence of the minor with the intent to ransack, but attacked the girl after she spotted him.
The accused was identified on the basis of CCTV footage and he has previous criminal records, the police said. However, the identity of the accused was yet to be revealed. The survivor, meanwhile, has been operated upon and is stable, said a doctor at AIIMS, where she is undergoing treatment.
#JUSTIN:Two days after a 12-year-old girl was hospitalised with serious injuries and #Police suspecting sexual assault in the matter, the @DelhiPolice has arrested the accused, who came for robbery, but attacked the girl after she spotted him. @IndianExpress,@ieDelhi
— Mahender Singh Manral (@mahendermanral) August 6, 2020
However, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal, who visited the hospital and interacted with the doctors, said the condition of the girl is “quite serious”. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also visited the hospital, said the brutality inflicted on the girl has “shaken his soul” and the government will hire the best lawyers to bring the guilty to justice. He also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the girl’s family.
AIIMS में डॉक्टर्स और परिवार से मिलकर बच्ची का हाल जाना। डाक्टर्स ने बताया कि अगले 48 घंटे अहम है।
मैंने पुलिस कमिश्नर से भी बात की। इस जघन्य वारदात करने वाले अपराधियों को सख्त से सख्त सज़ा दिलवाएँगे।
परिवार को सरकार 10 लाख रुपए सहायता राशि दे रही हैं। pic.twitter.com/6VM00SsvSg
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 6, 2020
“She has suffered severe injuries but her condition is stable now. She was operated upon late on Tuesday night. She is in the ward and on oxygen support,” the doctor said. Besides the sexual assault, the girl was hit on the face and head with a sharp object. She was found lying in a pool of blood by her neighbours at her home on Tuesday evening, according to police.
“The girl has multiple head fractures and bite marks all over her body. She has been brutally assaulted to the extent that there are injury marks on every part of her body,” Maliwal said. Maliwal demanded that the accused be immediately arrested and sentenced to death. She added that her team is assisting the victim’s family.
The Delhi government will hire the best lawyers for the case and ensure that the accused get the strictest punishment, he said. East Delhi MP and BJP leader Gautam Gambhir demanded death penalty for the culprit.
“The brutal rape of a 12-yr-old child is absolutely horrific! Those animals deserve nothing less than death. All of us are praying for her and I urge @DelhiPolice to bring the perpetrators to justice at the earliest,” he tweeted. Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar also visited the victim at AIIMS.
He said his party leaders and workers will meet the lieutenant governor to demand justice for the girl. According to police, preliminary investigation revealed that the parents of the girl were not home at the time of the incident. An FIR under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered in the case, the police had said.
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