By Team FI
Protests and anger are mounting in Delhi over the brutal rape of 5- year- old girl in Delhi last week.
Anti-rape protesters stormed the barricades outside the residences of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The police had to forcefully remove protesters from outside the police headquarters.
The anger was also directed against Delhi police’s alleged negligent and callous attitude in refusing to file FIR when the parents reported the rape. The child’s father has alleged that police officials told him to be grateful that the child was alive and offered a bribe to hush up the case.
The five-year-old girl was abducted on April 15 and was sexually assaulted for two days without food and water in a room in which the accused lived. She was rescued Wednesday when her family, who lived in the same building, heard her feeble cries.
The Delhi police arrested the accused, Manoj Kumar, a garment factory worker, from his in-law’s house in Bihar. The 22-year-old accused was produced in a Delhi court and has been sent to judicial custody till May 4. A jittery Delhi administration, to avoid a repeat of the massive protests after the rape and murder of young student in December last year, on Sunday stopped protesters from marching to India Gate and distributed pamphlets requesting the public to remain calm.
The doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where the child was admitted stated that the girls’ condition is stable and she is responding to treatment. Doctors earlier removed pieces of candle and a plastic bottle from the child’s vagina. One of the doctors treating her is reported to have admitted that he had never before witnessed such brutality committed on a child.
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