Child rape: Street protests continue in Delhi

New Delhi, April 21 : Street protests in the national capital continued for the second day as hundreds of people came out to demonstrate Sunday against the barbaric rape of a five-year-old undergoing treatment here.

For the second day, dozens of people laid siege to the police headquarters at ITO square in the heart of the capital, demanding the sacking of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

They also sought the sacking of two erring policemen who delayed investigations into the case, even after the victim's parents complained of her disappearance.

Police has since suspended two police officials.

Many of the young protestors who raised slogans and waved banners were members of the Arvind Kejriwal-led political party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

As the police erected barricades to keep the crowd out of the police headquarters, many people sat on the road, clapping and singing protest songs.

At the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) too, where the five-year-old victim is under treatment after her 22-year-old neighbour abducted, assaulted and tortured her, the crowds camped in protest since morning, raising slogans and demanding death for the rapist.

Police have barricaded the main entrance to the premier hospital, to enable easy entry and exit for patients and ambulances.

On Saturday, many protestors blocked ambulances too.

Doctors said the five-year-old is recuperating, though in need of massive reconstructive surgery, as her private parts were severely damaged. Doctors earlier removed pieces of candle and a bottle from her vaginal orifice. One doctor treating her admitted he had never before witnessed such brutality committed on a child.

--IANS (Posted on 21-04-2013)

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