New Delhi: Shame and
outrage returned to Delhi once again as gory details emerged of
the rape of a five-year-old, who was kidnapped, starved and
brutally tortured for two days. The victim was battling for life
Friday even as police hunted for the 25-year-old accused.
As news of the brutality on the girl came out, angry protesters
massed at the hospital where she was warded since Wednesday
morning after her family rescued her from the house of her
abductor in Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi.
When the traumatized girl was Friday evening shifted to the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better medical
attention, demonstrators gathered and shouted slogans against the
police and demanded death for the accused.
The alleged rapist, Manoj, a labourer, lived in the same building
as the victim's family. Police said the accused had come to stay
in the building 10 days ago and was on the run.
The rape - and the street protests - brought back horrific
memories of the Dec 16, 2012 gangrape of a 23-year-old trainee
physiotherapist, who later died in a Singapore hospital where she
had been airlifted for specialised treatment. Delhi, described as
India's "rape capital" has seen over 390 rapes cases in three
months as compared to 152 cases in the corresponding period last
As details came out, a deeply disturbed Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said the "shameful incident" has "once again reiterated the
need for society to look deep within and work to root out the evil
of rape and other such crimes from our midst."
A doctor said he and his colleagues had never seen such a brutal
rape. They said a bottle and pieces of candle were found thrust
into the private parts of the girl.
"We found a 200 ml bottle and two or three pieces of candle
inserted into her private parts. This is the first time I have
seen such barbarism," said R.K. Bansal, medical superintendent,
Swami Dayanand Hospital.
"There were injuries on her lips, cheeks, arms and anus area, and
bruise marks on her neck, suggesting that attempts were made to
strangle her. The blood pressure was way below normal," the doctor
The girl also had fever when she was admitted - and was in severe
trauma. Doctors at AIIMS said the girl is "in a stable condition".
Anger against Delhi Police mounted after the girl's father, a
mason, said they failed to even register his complaint when his
daughter went missing.
"We went to police to register a FIR (First Information Report)
but they refused. They never tried to find her, and instead drove
us away," said the distraught man.
He said when the family finally found the girl Wednesday morning
after hearing her screams, policemen offered the family Rs. 2,000
to keep mum.
"The police told us not to highlight the issue in the media and
gave us Rs.2,000 as 'kharcha-pani'," said the father, adding the
police told them to "thank god that his daughter was alive".
Angry protesters - including neighbours and activists of Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) - soon gathered near Swami Dayanand Hospital in east
They raised slogans against Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
and the Delhi Police, demanding the immediate arrest of the
East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, the son of the chief minister,
Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia and Delhi Family Welfare and
Education Minister Kiran Walia were heckled when they came to meet
the victim's family.
Some protesters entered the hospital premises and had a tiff with
An assistant commissioner of police was suspended for slapping a
17-year-old girl demonstrator at the hospital.
As television channels flashed the incident, Bani Singh Ahlawat,
posted at Khajuri Khas in east Delhi, was suspended for slapping
Beenu Rawat, a Class 12 student, a police officer told IANS.
Even the prime minister described it as "unacceptable treatment
meted out by police officers to some women protesting against this
He spoke to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejinder Singh to take
"strictest possible action" against the erring officers.
The rape victim was abducted Monday and kept hostage in a flat
owned by Manoj, said to be in his 30s.
He lived on the ground floor of the building in Gandhi Nagar in
which the victim's family also stayed, police said.
Police teams had been sent to Muzaffarpur in Bihar, from where the
People also expressed outrage on social media.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said on twitter: "I am terribly shocked
to know about the details of the rape of five-year-old child in
Delhi. I had thought that after Damini (Delhi gang rape victim)
case thinking will change. Unfortunately, the situation has