Delhi seethes in anger over child's rape, protests spread
PTI - Apr 20, 2013, 07.09 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: In a throwback to days of December last, Delhi on Saturday seethed in anger over the rape of a five-year-old girl and police insensitivity in dealing with it as protests erupted demanding justice for the victim and removal of Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
On a day the accused Manoj Kumar was arrested from Bihar's Muzaffarpur, protesters clashed with police outside the police headquarters and demanded the arrest of policemen who tried to hush up the case offering money to the victim's parents and slapping young women protesters.
Though not in thousands, a large number of people hit the streets in a reminder of the protests that rocked the capital after the December 16 gang rape and assault of a girl in a moving bus.
Protesters belonging to womens' organizations, BJP, CPM, CPI, AAP, and their students and youth outfits clashed with the police when they tried to break the barricades and enter into the police headquarters near the ITO in central Delhi where the main roads were closed to traffic.
A protester was detained for trying to enter the police headquarters.
Besides police headquarters, protests were also witnessed at the residences of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, AIIMS and Gandhinagar police station in east Delhi.
Security was tightened in police headquarters, AIIMS with deployment of armed police personnel and at the residences of Shinde and Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
Protesters also took to the streets near AIIMS where the girl was shifted to last evening for treatment. The condition of the girl was stable on Saturday, doctors attending on her at AIIMS said.
The protesters directed their attack on the policemen of Gandhi Nagar who allegedly tried to hush up the case by offering money to the parents of the victim and not pursue the case.