New Delhi: Shocked and anguished at the rape of a five-year-old girl here, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called for urgent introspection to identify causes behind repeated failure of society to ensure security of women and children.

"I am shocked and deeply anguished at the latest incident of sexual assault and rape of a five-year-old child in Delhi. I join her family in praying for a speedy recovery and call upon concerned authorities to ensure the best possible medical attention for her," Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony quoted the President as saying.

After the brutal case sparked huge protests across national capital, political leaders cutting across party lines and social activists reacted with shocked and anger condemning the grisly crime in Delhi, just four months after the gang-rape and death of a young woman shook the country.

Here are a few reactions from the political leaders and activists

"With a small girl, such an incident happening is a very frightening matter. I am deeply shocked and aggrieved by incident. I condemn this act in the strictest words,” said Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath.

"Delhi Police bk in d dock over its response to Child Rape case.  Unable to win d trust of d people. Whose responsible? (sic)" former IPS officer Kiran Bedi tweeted.

Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal said: "Rapes continue unabated in Delhi. Shouldn't police commissioner be sacked?"

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "I had thought that after the Damini case thinking will change." She added: "I see an ACP slapping a young girl protesting against this (rape). These policemen are incapable of protecting women. Instead, they beat them up. I had thought that after (the) Damini case (Delhi gang-rape) thinking will change. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened."

“Rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Aligarh and the brutal rape of this small girl, makes me feel that the nation as a whole should approach the Indian government. Government of India should consider death penalty for rape of a minor,” said Smriti Irani, National Vice President of BJP.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said: "This is heartbreaking and condemnable."


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