Five-year-old girl rape case: 'I am deeply shocked and aggrieved', says Tirath

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 20, 2013 14:20 hrs

Minister of Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath has condemned the brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi, and assured to extend all possible help to the child and her family.

"I am deeply shocked and aggrieved by the incident of the 5-year child being brutalised in Delhi recently. I condemn this act in the strictest words," said Tirath.

"The Ministry of Women and Child Development will extend all possible help to the child and her family," she added.

Tirath further said that she met Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar a few days ago and asked him to sensitise the men in uniform dealing with such cases.

"I met the Delhi Police Commissioner some days back and have asked him to sensitise the police officers while dealing with such cases. The behaviour of the police officers dealing with such sensitive matters needs to be a crucial part of their training," she said.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today promised tough action against the cops who allegedly tried to hush up the case by offering money to the victim's parents.

"An inquiry is going on to find out if there was any lapse on the part of police. We will take action against the policemen who are found to be guilty. We are waiting for the report. Give us some time, we will take action," he told mediapersons here.

Shinde described the incident as very serious, and said there is a need to be alert to check such crimes in the future.

The Home Minister said he was not fully aware of the present condition of the victim.

"We are trying to ascertain her medical condition," he said, while responding to a question on the condition of the girl presently undergoing treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Shinde further said the accused person had been arrested and will be brought to Delhi.

The doctor treating the five-year-old rape victim at the AIIMS today said that the girl is stable and is responding to medical treatment.

Protests took place outside AIIMS and Delhi Police Headquarters today demanding justice for the victim and punishment to policemen who allegedly did not help locate the girl who went missing on April 15.

Activists belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party and SFI protested outside the Delhi Police Headquarters here, alleging police apathy in the case, while others staged a demonstration outside AIIMS and expressed their solidarity with the girl. (ANI)

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