Delhi child rape: Prez shocked, pledges justice

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 18:13 hrs

New Delhi, Apr 20 (IBNS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said he is "shocked" at the brutal rape and mutilation of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi.

In a statement, Mukherjee said: "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."

Pledging justice for the victim, he said the accused must be booked immediately.

"Urgent steps must be taken to bring the perpetrators to immediate justice," said Mukherjee.

The President said people must identify the causes behind such crimes.

"As a society, we must introspect at the erosion of values and our repeated failure to ensure the security of our women and children. We must identify the causes and find solutions for such criminal depravity in our midst," he said.

"Let us pledge to put all our energy and effort into ensuring that such aberrations which stain our moral fibre and standing as a society is prevented," said Mukherjee.

The national capital went on a protest mode once again on Saturday against crimes against women after the brutal rape and mutilation of the five-year-old girl even as the police facing anger for their initial inaction in rescuing the victim and browbeating her parents arrested the accused from Bihar on Friday late night.

The national capital began witnessing the protests that were visible after the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of Nirbhaya, the paramedical student who was subjected to the horror on a bus on Dec 16 last.

Police on Saturday said the 22-year-old man who allegedly raped and mutilated the five-year-old girl by inserting foreign objects in her private parts in New Delhi, triggering widespread outrage, was arrested from Muzaffarpur in Bihar on Friday late night.

The accused has been identified as one Manoj Kumar who tried to escape to his in-law´s place in home state Bihar but was tracked through his mobile phone location.

"We are trying to bring him to Delhi fast for trial. He is 22 year old and has two brothers and four sisters at home in Bihar. He came to Delhi when he was 15. He was a casual labourer in a garbage factory. He had fled to his in-law´s place," said DCP of East Delhi Prabhakar.

Prabhakar said they would investigate and see if police indeed was guilty of inaction leading to the further atrocities on the girl for two days while she was just kept locked in a room in the same building by the perpetrator of the crime.

The accused had married recently but his wife was away when he allegedly committed the crime.

Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi treating the girl said she is stable now.

"She is under close observation and being monitored. She is conscious and alert. We have to do definite corrective surgery after infection is controlled," said AIIMS spokesperson Dr Y P Gupta.

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