New Delhi: The brutal rape of a 5-year-old girl in Delhi has once again shaken the conscience of the people across the country. Given the brutality committed on the victim, a vast section of the society is baying for the scalp of the culprit.

Describing the graveness of wounds of the victim, the doctor who had conducted first operation on the girl, termed the brutality unforeseen and sought capital punishment for the ‘sex predator’ who kept the minor in a pool of blood for two days at his home.

Speaking on Friday after the victim’s operation, Dr RK Bansal, medical superintendent, Swami Dayanand Hospital, said, "Upon examination, we found a 200 ml bottle and two or three pieces of candle inserted into her private parts. This is the first time that I have seen such barbarism with a five-year-old." Only capital punishment for such a heinous act will ensure justice.

Anger erupts, Delhi boils again

Anger and outrage returned to Delhi as massive protests erupted in the national capital on Saturday against the brutal sexual assault on the five-year-old girl even as police arrested the 22-year-old accused from Muzaffarpur district.

In a throwback to scenes of December last in the wake of gangrape of a girl in a moving bus, protesters belonging to womens' organisations and ABVP 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.

Protestors were out on the streets against the grisly crime, reawakening concerns about safety for women and girls. A large number of protestors gathered at AIIMS and Police Headquarters demanding justice for the victim and punishment to policemen who allegedly did not help locate the girl who went missing on April 15.

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Agitating protesters outside Delhi Police Headquarters demanded the commissioner's resignation. Holding up banners and shouting slogans against the government and police, protestors demanded that Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar resign, saying he "failed to tackle the rape crimes" in the city.

A protester was detained for trying to enter the police headquarters. The protestors also shouted that the rapist should be given the death sentence. A man protesting outside the police headquarters said: "The government makes laws just for the sake of making them, with no intension to stop crimes. None of the laws are implemented, and we see rapes increasing by the day."

A young protestor said: "After the Dec 16 gang-rape, the police appears to have learnt nothing at all. We hear of two or three incidents each day. How long will this continue? The accused must be punished, and police must be pushed to be more vigilant." The youth said he had joined protests in the winter too, after the December 16 gang-rape of the 23-year-old who later died of her injuries.

Protestors on thronged the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where the five-year-old victim is under treatment. In the wake of growing anger, police has tightened security near Delhi Police Headquarters and AIIMS.

Rapist should be hanged to death: Sushma Swaraj

Condemning the crime, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said: "Action and not words required to check incidents like this heinous rape of five-year-old girl."

Reacting to the heinous crime, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said: "Such criminals should be hanged as early as possible. There should be shock treatment for such a sick mentality."

Swaraj expressed shock and demanded action in the brutal rape of a five-year-old in Delhi as she said: "Look at the way that child was abused, only someone who has a mental problem would do it. There should be immediate implementation of the punishment. This mental illness needs shock treatment. It now appears this is not a crime, it is a mental problem of people."

 

The girl was abducted April 15 and kept hostage for two days without food and water in a room in which the attacker lived, on the ground floor of the building in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar, in which the victim's family also stayed, police said.

Victim responding to treatment, say doctors

Meanwhile, the condition of the five-year-old girl, who was raped allegedly by a 22-year-old man after holding her captive here, was stable.

Doctors attending to the victim at the AIIMS said on Saturday that she had been responding to treatment, and her condition had stabilised. Briefing the media on Saturday morning, Medical Superintendent Dr BK Sharma said that the child has been on IV fluids.

“We have constituted a team of eight doctors who are attending to her, she is under close monitoring,” he said.

She was shifted to AIIMS on Friday evening. The doctor further said that the child’s vitals are within normal limits and she is responding to antibiotics. He further said that corrective surgery may be needed at a later stage.

5-year-old was locked up for 40 hours

A 22-year-old youth allegedly involved in the rape of the five-year-old girl in the national capital was arrested on early Saturday morning even as outrage returned to national capital, police said.

Addressing the media, DCP East Delhi, Prabhakar said that the accused was being brought to Delhi on three-day transit remand. He told that the victim was locked up for 40 hours and the accused assumed that she was dead as he left the room.

The accused Manoj Kumar was arrested from a village in Muzaffarpur district on early Saturday, police said. The girl, who was repeatedly raped, was rescued when members of her family heard her screams Wednesday, police said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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