Protests have erupted in Delhi today demanding justice for the five-year-old girl Delhi girl,who was brutally raped in Gandhi Nagar area,and punishment for policemen for their insensitivity in dealing with the case even as police arrested the main accused from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. (Condition of five-year-old Delhi rape victim stable)
In a throwback to days of December last,Delhi seethed in anger over the rape of a five-year-old girl and police insensitivity in dealing with it as protests erupted demanding justice for the victim and removal of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
On a day the accused Manoj Kumar was arrested from Bihar’s Muzaffarpur,protesters clashed with police outside the police headquarters and demanded the arrest of policemen who tried to hush up the case offering money to the victim’s parents and slapping young women protesters.
Though not in thousands,a large number of people hit the streets in a reminder of the protests that rocked the capital after the December 16 gangrape and assault of a girl in a moving bus.
Protesters belonging to womens’ organisations,BJP,CPI(M),CPI,AAP,and their students and youth outfits clashed with the police when they tried to break the barricades and enter into the police headquarters near the ITO in central Delhi where the main roads were closed to traffic.
A protester was detained for trying to enter the police headquarters.
Besides PHQ,protests were also witnessed at the residences of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde,AIIMS and Gandhinagar police station in east Delhi.
Security was tightened in PHQ,AIIMS with deployment of armed police personnel and at the residences of Shinde and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Protesters also took to the streets near AIIMS where the girl was shifted to last evening for treatment. The condition of the girl was stable today,doctors attending on her at AIIMS said.
The protesters directed their attack on the policemen of Gandhi Nagar who allegedly tried to hush up the case by offering money to the parents of the victim and not pursue the case.
Rejecting the suspension of the sub-inspector of the station,the protesters demanded their arrest for beating up young girls who went to protest at the police station.
The shouted slogans against the Police Commissioner,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the Home Minister accusing them of inaction and doing nothing to change the way police worked.
Shinde promised action against policemen who are found to be guilty of trying to hush up the rape case.
An inquiry is going on to find out if there was any lapse on the part of police. We will take action against the policemen who are found to be guilty. We are waiting for the report. Give us some time,we will take action, Shinde said.
The condition of the five-year- old girl,who was raped and brutalised,is stable though she has suffered serious injuries in the assault,doctors attending on her said.
On the investigation front,Manoj Kumar (22) was arrested from his in-laws’ house in Muzaffarpur in Bihar early today with police suspecting that he fled the capital within an hour of committing the crime fearing the victim had died.
As the horrific details of the rape emerged,President Pranab Mukherjee urged for urgent introspection to identify causes behind repeated failure to ensure security of women and children while Congress chief Sonia Gandhi sent out a tough message to authorities that action and not words are necessary to stop recurrence of such incidents.
Shocked and anguished at the incident,Mukherjee sought urgent steps for bringing perpetrators to immediate justice.
As a society,we must introspect at the erosion of values and our repeated failure to ensure the security of our women and children. We must identify the causes and find solutions for such criminal depravity in our midst, Mukherjee was quoted as saying by Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson.
Sending a strong message to authorities that action and not words are necessary to stop recurrence of such incidents,the Congress chief reminded the government and administration that action and not words are required to ensure that such incidents never happen again in future.
The girl was brutally raped and assaulted allegedly by her neighbour while being held captive and starved for two days. She also contracted infection from foreign objects inserted in her body.