New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday virtually ruled out his resignation in the wake of child rape. The commissioner said that the problem lies in the ‘sick-mind’ of some people in the country and his resignation won’t curb that.

To a question on his resignation, the Commissioner said: “If a reporter commits a mistake, does the editor resign for it. I am prepared to resign thousand times if that will solve the problem of depravity in people who commit rape.”

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Addressing the press conference, the Police Chief said exemplary action will be taken against policemen found lax in dealing with the child rape case, Kumar said.

The police commissioner broke his silence on the horrific gang-rape of a five-year-old after four days as he said that there was no “inordinate delay” in filing FIR in the minor rape case.

Defending the department, Kumar said that a lot has been changed since December 16 incident. Kumar gave some statistics to show that 97 percent of rapes are committed in homes, and only 3 percent outside. “It is not humanly possible for a policeman to prevent an incident like marital rape,” he added.

Anger escalates in national capital

The anger against the horrific rape of five-year-old and against Delhi Police continued on Monday as activists planned a fourth day of street action amid heavy security in the national capital.

The protesters including leaders and AAP party workers tussled with police as they tried to reach the Parliament breaking the police barricades.

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Claiming that they would not settle for anything less than the scalp of Delhi Police commissioner, students, activists and members of political parties stayed put before the police headquarters, near ITO.

Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel demanded the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. “The CM and Police Commissioner must resign immediately,” he said.

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Though the government has shut three metro stations in central Delhi as a precautionary measure but failed to stop people from gathering in large numbers. The Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhavan and Race Course Road Metro stations were closed around 10.15 am till further orders.

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While Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters held protests outside Delhi Police headquarters and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where the victim is hospitalized, members of the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prepared to march towards parliament seeking amendments to the anti-rape law. Women's groups were jointly holding a protest at Jantar Mantar.

Barricades were setup on the roads leading to Parliament, near the Central Secretariat metro station, India Gate and near the Delhi Police Headquarters in ITO, to prevent any incident.
The barricading and checking by senior police official have led to traffic snarls in these areas.

Meanwhile, amidst strong protests over the rape and brutality meted out to a five-year-old girl, government on Monday said an inquiry has been ordered into the lapses on part of police to investigate her disappearance and attempt to hush up the matter.
Making a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde gave details of the incident in Gandhi Nagar area of East Delhi on April 15 and the investigations conducted so far.

Earlier in the day, the Lok Sabha was adjourned twice after opposition politicians rushed into the building, some demanding discussion on the rape case. Others were protesting against corruption and other issues.


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