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Angry public demands removal of Delhi police chief (Update:Rape)

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sun, Apr 21, 2013 08:41 hrs

Protest intensified across India on Sunday over the rape of five-year old girl. People continue to stage demonstrations outside the Delhi Police headquarters, demanding the removal of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

The girl, whose parents work as labourers and live in a slum on the outskirts of Delhi, went missing from home on April 15. She was found with bruise marks on her body in the suspect's house in a semi-conscious condition on April 18 by police after her parents had registered a complaint, media reports said.

The suspect raped and tortured her for three days.

Fuming over the horrific incident, residents of New Delhi staged protests and shouted slogans demanding the removal of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, as they blamed him for showing laxity in dealing with several cases.

A worker of the Aam Aadmi Party was thrashed by the police during a protest outside the Swami Dayanand Hospital where the rape victim was earlier being treated.

"There have been 157 cases of gang rape and more than 400 cases of rapes in Delhi. What is the commissioner of Delhi doing? We demand removal of commissioner. Yesterday Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) had slapped a girl named Veenu in the hospital. We demand removal of ACP B S Ahlawat, we don't want his suspension, we want removal.

"The rape accused should be hanged till death. Such accused should be hanged; there is no other punishment for them," said Pankaj Yadav, a protester.

The demonstrators tried to enter the police headquarters, but were stopped by a heavy posse of security personnel stationed there.

Protesters also gathered in front of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital where the rape victim is battling for her life.

Police on Saturday arrested a man, Manoj, on allegations of rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in Delhi.

Manoj, 22, was arrested from Bihar, and is being brought to the capital. The accused was a neighbour of the girl and did odd jobs.

The nation is gripped with an outpouring of emotion.

A large number of supporters of the Aam Aadmi Party gathered on the roads of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, and shouted slogans for better law enforcement in a city of 16 million people.

An irate protester, Rohit Gupta, blamed the Central Government for the prevailing situation in the country.

"Everyday, we read rape cases in newspapers and now also such a big incident happened. We can see only Sonia Gandhi and Sheila Dikshit safe, others are not safe. The only solution is that the system should be changed. Till the time all the hooligans, corrupt ministers will not leave their seats the system will not change and nothing would happen," said Gupta in Jaipur city.

The assault on the girl, which left her in a critical condition, brought back the memories of the gang rape by five adult men and a teenaged boy of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus on December 16 in New Delhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office said in a statement that he was deeply disturbed by the latest incident. In December his administration had faced criticism for failing to respond to public anger over the horrific attack on the physiotherapy student.

The unprecedented protests by thousands of people across India eventually forced Singh's government to pass tougher laws to fight gender crimes in March.

Issues such as rape, dowry-related deaths and female infanticide rarely enter mainstream political discourse in India.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India's major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures.

Most sexual assaults go unreported and unremarked, but the brutality of last year's attack triggered the biggest protests in the capital since mid-2011 demonstrations against corruption that rocked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (ANI)




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