Live: Outrage in Delhi; politicians express grief, shock for rape survivor
In a health update of the minor rape survivor, the doctors at AIIMS said the baby had perennial injuries but was alert, conscious and stable.
New Delhi: 3:56 pm: Police request protesters to clear the road in front of the police headquarters.
3:27 pm: Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi says, "The society has to be alert and vigilant."
3:18 pm: Around 50 to 60 protesters, predominately from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) try to march to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's house. The police stop them 200 metres away from the house.
2:56 pm: Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel to lead a protest candle march from Talkatora Stadium to India Gate against the rape of a five-year-old on Saturday at 6:00 pm.
2:42 pm: Activists to agitate near India Gate at 5 pm protesting against the rape of a five-year-old and to pledge to bring social policing awareness.
2:20 pm: Congress party President Sonia Gandhi says, "Action and not words, required to check incidents like this heinous rape of a five-year-old."
2:04 pm: CPI joins protests at Delhi Police headquarters against rape of a five-year-old girl. Agitators try to break the barricades and enter the premises.
13:40 pm: Vice President Hamid Ansari says, "I am deeply saddened and outraged at the brutal rape of the five-year old child in Delhi. My thoughts and prayers are for a speedy recovery of the child. We must ensure that the best possible medical treatment is provided to the little one. Apart from bringing the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice expeditiously, it is critical for all of us to reflect on why these barbaric acts keep recurring in our midst. We need to collectively work towards urgently changing the regressive mindset vis-a-vis our womenfolk prevalent in our society. Else, our heads would continue to hang in shame and we will lose our right to be called a civilized, progressive society."
13:29 pm: After police officials' appeal and assurance, protesters at Delhi Police headquarters have calmed down.
13:15 pm: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says, "It is a very sad incident. I am gathering more information about the girl's condition. As far action against policemen is concerned, we have already initiated action."
12:29 pm: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj expresses shock and demands action in the brutal rape of a five-year-old in Delhi. "Home Minister should call a meeting and there should be a death sentence in case of rape against children and such brutal acts. 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."
12:49 pm: Delhi Police appeals to protesters to maintain peace and tells them that they are with the protestors.
12:45 pm: Water cannons deployed ans sniffer dogs at Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's residence.
12:39 pm: India Against Corruption (IAC) members gather at Patna airport to attack the 22-year-old accused in the Delhi minor rape case.
12:36 pm: Protestors at Delhi Police headquarters at ITO try to break barricades.
12:27 pm: In a medical update on the condition of the Delhi minor rape survivor, an AIIMS official says, "Eight doctors attending to her. The baby had perennial injuries but was alert, conscious and stable when brought to AIIMS. A detailed medical examination and surgical procedure done on Friday night and it was found that the baby had severe injuries in her perennial region. She is on IV fluids and antibiotics. She is out of danger but kept under close monitoring. She is in general ward. Survivor will require corrective surgery."
12:16 pm: East Delhi DCP Prabhakar says that Delhi Police is thankful to Bihar Police who helped them nab the accused. "Manoj was arrested from Muzzaffarpur. He is in remand. We trying to bring him to Delhi to probe him. He is 22 years old. He stays with his father in Delhi. His father has a juice stall and Manoj works as a casual labourer in a garment factory. No preliminary interrogation has been carried out yet. Unless we have a custodial interrogation with Manoj or unless the child recovers, we cannot confirm involvement of a second person. The minor girl was locked up in the room for almost 40 hours and preliminary interrogation suggests Manoj thought she died and he left her there."
12:09 pm: Delhi Police DCP says the minor rape survivor was locked up in the room for almost 40 hours.
11:43 am: President Pranab Mukherjee while expressing shock says, "Deeply anguished at the incident of the rape of a five-year-old child."
11:39 am: All the roads leading to ITO chowk have been blocked by the protestors. The police is requesting the agitators not to block traffic.
11:35 am: Security stepped up at the AIIMS so that the protestors are not able to enter the hospital premises.
11:21 am: Police personnel have been instructed not to manhandle protesters.
11:14 am: Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad visits AIIMS to see the minor rape survivor.
11:00 am: Security tightened and barricades have been put up at Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's residence in Delhi.
10:46 am: Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath says, "I am deeply shocked and aggrieved by the incident of the five-year child being brutalised in Delhi recently. I condone this act in the strictest words."
10:34 pm: East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit says, "What will be achieved by protesting outside the hospital? This is an attempt to politicise what has happened to a five-year-old. This is very shameful. The protests are keeping in mind the Delhi elections."
10:29 am: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members stage protest outside Delhi Police Headquarters at ITO.
10:13 am: Angry protesters agitate outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and demand action and justice in the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi.
A 22-year-old youth allegedly involved in the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi was arrested in Muzzaffarpur in Bihar by the police on early Saturday morning. Manoj Kumar was apprehended from Chiknouta, his in-law's village, at around 2:00 am from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, about 50 kms from Patna. Manoj is now being brought to Delhi on a transit remand.
More protests are planned in the capital on Saturday and security has been stepped up at the Delhi Police Headquarters. The national capital witnessed anguish, anger and helplessness on Friday as details of the rape of a 5-year-old girl emerged, shocking citizens who have been demanding stringent measures for safety of women in New Delhi, where barely months ago the rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student sparked public fury.
The girl was raped and brutalised for four days in captivity in the capital's Gandhi Nagar area. The youth was arrested by a team from Delhi Police with the help of local police. The girl is being treated at AIIMS and doctors say she is stable and responding to antibiotics. The next 48 hours will be crucial. Doctors said that her genitals were mutilated and several foreign objects were found in her abdominal cavity.
The accused, who had come to Chiknouta by a train, was traced after tracking his mobile phone location, police sources said. Kumar had married recently and his wife had come to her parent's place two days back. The accused, working as labourer in Delhi, is a native of Bharphua village of the district.
Kumar allegedly raped five-year-old girl at his rented accommodation. The girl and her family stayed in the same building where Kumar lived. Delhi Police has registered a case and slapped charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, attempt to murder and unnatural sex on Kumar, who allegedly confined the girl in his room for at least two days.
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