As it happened: Shinde, Delhi CP should resign, demands Kejriwal

Violent cases of sexual assault continue in Delhi and this time the victim is a five-year-old girl was found raped and badly mutilated. The girl is battling for her life at Aiims. The accused, Manoj Kumar, was arrested early this morning from a village in Bihar.

Aaron Pereira April 22, 2013 20:10:37 IST
As it happened: Shinde, Delhi CP should resign, demands Kejriwal

5. 30 pm:  Shinde, Delhi CP Neeraj Kumar should resign, demands Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that the Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde as well as Delhi Commissioner of Police Neeraj Kumar should step down from their posts over the brutal rape of a five-year-old child in the national capital.

Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Kejriwal said that it was because of his party - AAP - that the rape case was registered.

"On the 18th of April, the uncle of the five-year-old rape victim called our helpline seeking our aid. Our volunteers went to the police station and compelled the police to register a cvase of rape. We cannot imagine what would have happened to the girl if we did not intervene," he said.

5:00 pm: Kejriwal wants women protection cells, asks Delhi residents to volunteer

"We have started getting a lot of calls with people seeking help. We will have a women's assistance cell which will be there for each constituency and each college," Kejriwal said.

If any woman faces sexual harassment and the police doesn't do anything then the women's protection cell will ensure that action is taken, he said.

"We appeal to the people of Delhi to help us in this endeavour and we would like people to volunteer for it," he said, adding that the Delhi police couldn't be entrusted with security of women.

The activist-turned-politician also appealed to hospitals to provide free treatment to victims of sexual assault.

Kejriwal said that people who joined the volunteer service wouldn't be required to join their political party.

"We have collected about 30 to 40 retired army personnel and we will form a blueprint for how security will be provided to women in the event that we come to power," he said.

3. 45 pm: Scared of walking alone in Delhi, says Saina Nehwal

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who is scheduled to play the India Open Super Series in the national capital later this week, said on Monday that she was scared of walking alone in Delhi.

"After what I have heard, it is really very scaring. I will think twice (about walking alone in Delhi). This can happen to me as well. It is very unfortunate," Saina said in her statement.

3. 00 pm: Neeraj Kumar refuses to resign, vows strict action against policemen who offered bribe

Addressing a press conference, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said that strict action will be taken against policemen found lax in dealing with the child rape case.

The police commissioner said that he won't resign as that won't stop the problem of rapes in the country. "If you mis-report, do your editors resign?" he asked a journalist when asked about his resignation. He said that the problem lies in the 'sick-mind' of some people in the country and his resignation won't curb that.

Kumar highlighted some statistics to show that 97 percent of rapes are committed in homes, and only 3 percent outside. "It is not humanly possible for a policeman to prevent an incident like marital rape," he added.

He also confirmed the arrest of the second accused in the Delhi rape last night.

On the allegations against the policemen regarding the rape case, he said, "Various allegations have been made against police officials. One of the ACP was caught slapping a woman protester. I wasted no time in suspending him. He will be subjected to an inquiry," he said.

However, he said that there was no "inordinate delay" in filing FIR in the minor rape case in Delhi.

The police commissioner spoke to the media four days after the incident of the rape on a 5-year-old in Delhi came to light.

"One of the major allegation was bribing the father of the child to hush up the matter. Unfortunately, because the father is caught up in the hospital, he was unable to come to the police station to identify those policemen. If the father agress, we will take the police staff to the hospital and let him identify the culprits there. we will suspend all of them, and we will hold a departmental inquiry."

"Stringent action will be taken against those policemen who have not reacted the manner in which they should have," he said.

On being asked if he is happy with Delhi Police's job in the capital, Kumar said, "absolutely."

2. 30 pm: Second accused in Delhi rape case in transit remand

The second accused in the five-year-old girl's rape case in Delhi has been arrested from Bihar's Lakhisarai district, police said Monday. A Bihar court has granted Pradeep's three-day transit remand to the Delhi Police.

Delhi Police with the help of state's special task force and district police arrested Pradeep Ram, between 20 and 25 years old from Badhaiya area, Bihar Director General of Police Abhayanand said in Patna.

"Pradeep was presented in the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Lakhisarai and the court granted a three-day transit remand (of Pradeep) to the Delhi Police," Lakhisarai Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra said.

Additional Director General of Police (headquarters) Ravinder Kumar said that in view of prevailing anger among the people, Pradeep was being taken to Patna under tight security, and from there he will be taken to Delhi.

Police sources said that the prime accused in the case, 22-year-old Manoj Kumar, from whose room in Delhi the girl was recovered days after she went missing April 15, had blamed Pradeep for the brutal attack on the girl. "Manoj said he met Pradeep on a train. The two were casual labourers who would often meet for a drink," a police official told IANS in New Delhi.

Police said Manoj had admitted that on the day of the incident the two had been drinking, and struck up the idea of finding a girl. When they came out of their room, they saw the five-year-old at her games. Manoj said he lured the girl with chocolate, but blamed Pradeep for the rape.

"We will interrogate Pradeep to learn if what Manoj said is true," the police official said.

Manoj Kumar, the prime accused, was held from Bihar's Mujaffarpur district Saturday, where he was hiding at the home of his parents-in-law.

2. 20 pm: BJP leaders attack Shinde, demand rape for rapists

Reacting to Shinde's statement in Parliament,  BJP leader Maya Singh said, “At the time of passing the anti-rape bill you had promised such incident would be deterred…In this case the police even refused to take action initially. Such incidents take place across the country but when such a incident takes place in Delhi it affects the entire nation," she said.

She questioned the inaction of the police in the case and the statement by the chairperson National Commission for Women’s that she couldn’t go on account of it being a holiday. "We should have security for women. Not the kind that offers Rs 2,000 for the victim but the kind that provides justice,” she said.

She also demanded the death penalty for rapists. You can follow live updates on the Parliament debate here.

2. 00 pm: Neeraj Kumar won't step down, say reports

According to CNN-IBN sources, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar won't step down.  Protesters have been demanding the resignation of Neeraj Kumar following the rape and the police insensitivity.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde has issued a statement in parliament saying that such rapes happen across the country. asked about the action against the ACP who slapped a woman protester, the Home Minister said that he has been suspended.

1. 45 pm: Mayawati demands "immediate discussion" on women safety in Parliament

Condemning the rape of a five year-old in the city, BSP chief Mayawati today demanded an immediate discussion on the issue in Parliament and reforms in the police force. She said recurrence of such incidents despite the passage of a law recently to stop atrocities against women raises questions about the "shortcomings in the system" and policing.

"A law strict law was passed after the Delhi gangrape incident. But despite that, recurrence of incidence like this forces us to think about the law and order situation, about policing and the prevailing social mindset," she told reporters outside Parliament.

She demanded an "immediate discussion" on the issue in Parliament and reforms in the police force by the government.
"At the same time there should be a change in the mindset to stop such incidents," she said.

1.29 pm: Three metro stations shut

As protests in the New Delhi intensified with people gathering in front of the Delhi Police Headquarters, three metro stations in the city were shut in anticipation of violence.

Three Metro stations, Race Course Road, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan, close to Parliament, India Gate and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence were closed around 10.15 am for public anticipating anti-rape protests. However, the interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat station.

Chaos was witnessed near Parliament as police closed Red Cross Road, Rafi Marg, Raisina Road and some crossings on Rajpath. There was trouble for vehicular movement near India Gate also as barricades were erected on Mansingh Road.

1.14 pm: Delhi police commissioner meet Lt Governer

While protesters demanded the resigantion of Delhi police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, he met the Lt Governer Tejendra Khanna to asses the current situation in the city.

Kumar will address a press conference at 3 pm on Monday.

Sources have told CNN-IBN that the government is unlikely to remove the commissioner and he will complete the three months left in his tenure.

1. 00 pm Cops cordon off area as BJP protests 

New Delhi state BJP leaders on Monday marched towards the Parliament demanding action by the government in the backdrop of the rape of a five-year-old girl in the city.

The protesters are demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Delhi police have cordoned off the are and brought in water canons to control the protesters.

Updates closed for 21 April

12.47 pm: BJP Mahila Morcha court arrest in front of Sonia Gandhi's house

The BJP women's wing led a protest from the BJP head office in Ashok Vihar to 10 Janpath, Sonia gandhi's residence demanding answers and 'justice' from the Congress chief.

According to a report on Times Now, the women broke several barricades and landed right before Sonia's house with the intention to ask the Congress chief what measures she and her government has taken to ensure the safety of women in India and Delhi.

Several water canons were brought at the high security zone though the police have not used force on the protesters yet. Women police constables are being shown trying to stop the protesters from storming Gandhi's house.

Most of the protesters were herded into police vans and arrested for protesting in a high security zone without permission. The final barricades set up in front of Sonia's house were also brought down by the protesters.

12.05 pm: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights seeks explanation from Delhi Police

According to a report published on IBN Live, the Delhi Commissioner for Protection of child rights has demanded an explanation from the Delhi Police as to why the 5-year-old rape survivor's parents were harassed when they went to lodge a complaint at the police station.

IBN Live quotes the DCPCR: "We issued a notice to the police asking them for an explanation as to why the parents were harassed in the police station and why there was a delay in registering the case," a DCPCR official said.

12pm: Not searching for a second accused: Delhi Police

Delhi Police on Sunday denied searching for a second accused in the abduction and rape of the five-year-old girl in east Delhi. The denial came after media reports claimed police were searching for a second suspect in the case, and teams had been sent to Bihar in that connection.

In a statement, Delhi Police denied "rumours of arresting a second accused or looking for a second accused in this case".

IANS

11.24 am: Rape survivor out of danger, says AIIMS doctors

In a medical bulletin, AIIMS doctors said that the rape survivor is showing improvement and responding to antibiotics well. "She has slept well and is talking to nurses, her parents and doctors. She had low fever which is now subsiding. Her wounds are being dressed regularly," says the AIIMS doctor.

However, in its bid to get the 'breaking' quote, someone in the throng of reporters ask the doctor what the victim has told him about the ordeal she went through. To which the doctor, mildly taken aback, says, "She is just five years old, too young to understand what has happened to her."

However, he hints that it might take a couple of weeks for the girl to fully recover and be discharged from the hospital.

April 21, 10.52 am: According to reports, the accused has told the police that there were two men involved

In a shocking development, reports suggest that the 5-year-old rape survivor was assaulted by more than one person. According to a report on Zee News, the accused, 22-year-old Manoj Kumar has told the police during interrogation that there was another person named Pradip Kumar involved.

Sources in Delhi Police said that a team has set off to Bihar once more to nab the second accused.

However the police is trying to ascertain if there is any truth in Kumar's claims or if he is trying to mislead them.

7. 20 pm: 5-year-old rape victim stable, talking to parents

DK Sharma, medical superintendent at AIIMS, told reporters that the condition of the rape victim is stable and under observation. She is conscious and interacting with her parents, said the doctor.

However, the doctor said that she will still be kept under observation for another 48 hours.

4. 20 pm: Section 144 imposed at India Gate, protesters move to 10 Janpath

After being evacuated from outside Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's residence, protesters have now gathered outside the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

Meanwhile, the administration has imposed Section 144 at India Gate citing security reasons and have started barricading the area. Protesters were to gather at India Gate this evening in protest.

Looks like the police have beefed up security in central Delhi as Parliament will reconvene on Monday.

 

3. 05 pmProtests now outside Home Minister Shinde's residence

Protesters belonging to the Aam Aadmi Party have now started gathering outside Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's residence in New Delhi and are demanding that action be taken against Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

TimesNow reports that AAP workers have abused police officers and have attempted to break police barricades and  enter Shinde's residence.


2.50 pm: Thought Delhi rape victim was dead so fled city, says accused

Five days after he allegedly raped a five-year-old girl in New Delhi, investigators said that it appeared as if 22-year-old Manoj Kumar fled the capital within an hour of committing the crime.

During initial interrogation of Kumar, who will be brought to Delhi from Patna, the accused told investigators that he left home at 7 pm on April 15 to catch Swatantrata Senani Express which left Delhi at 8:30 pm, Prabhakar said.

"He told us that he left the house thinking that the girl was dead... The girl was inside the house for 40 hours," Prabhakar said.

 

2. 30 pm: Deeply saddened and outraged, says Hamid Ansari

Vice President Hamid Ansari says, "I am deeply saddened and outraged at the brutal rape of the five-year old child in Delhi. My thoughts and prayers are for a speedy recovery of the child. We must ensure that the best possible medical treatment is provided to the little one.

Apart from bringing the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice expeditiously, it is critical for all of us to reflect on why these barbaric acts keep recurring in our midst. We need to collectively work towards urgently changing the regressive mindset vis-a-vis our womenfolk prevalent in our society. Else, our heads would continue to hang in shame and we will lose our right to be called a civilized, progressive society."


2. 15 pm: Words are not enough, we need action, says Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday condemned the rape of the five-year-girl in New Delhi

Party spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said that Gandhi has spoken to government officials and asked them to take immediate action in the case.

"Now words alone are not enough, we need action," she told the administration, Janardhan said.

 

1. 00 pm: Death is the only deterrent for such crimes, says Sushma Swaraj

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that Home Minister Shinde should immediately convene a meeting of representatives of all political parties to provide for death sentence.

"Nothing short of death sentence in cases of rape of children and cases involving brutality and barbarity will help in cases of rape of children and cases involving brutality and barbarity as in the present case."

These perverts and sadists require shock treatment.We need to make the recent law more stringent.

 

12. 45pm: We will take action against erring police officers, says Shinde

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the government will take action against police officers who have failed in their job. TimesNow reports that the government is looking to take action against Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

Shinde said that an inquiry has already been set up and the report will come in soon.

Protesters outside the Delhi Police HQ are demanding that Neeraj Kumar step out of his heavily guarded office and address them.

ABP News reported that ABVP and AAP volunteers tried to break down the police barricade and also manhandled police officers.

12. 20 pm: 5-year-old victim is stable, responding to treatment, says AIIMS doctor

The five-year-old rape victim is stable and is responding to medical treatment at AIIMS in New Delhi.

Briefing the media this morning, Medical Superintendent Dr BK Sharma said that the child is on IV fluids and is being closely monitored. "We have constituted a team of eight doctors who are attending to her, she is under close monitoring," he said.

Sharma further said that the child's vitals are within normal limits and she is responding to antibiotics. He further said that corrective surgery may be needed at a later stage.

 

12. 10 pm: Kejriwal calls for setting up 'Citizen Security Force'

Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called for a new 'Citizen's Security Force' if police reforms were not possible.

Kejriwal tweeted: "If nt possible to reform Delhi Police, shudn't we set up Citizen's Security Force?"

He further said that the force should be supervised by retd Army officers with greater participation of citizens.

Meanwhile, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi tweeted that it's high time the law of the land is brought back.

"Appoint right police leadership,make them accountable to lead! Remove them if they do not deliver," she tweeted.

Interestingly, Kejriwal replied to her asking, "So shud Delhi police commissioner and Union Home Minister go?" to which Bedi did not reply. As yet.

 

 

11. 30 am:  Shocked, deeply anguished says President Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee in a statement said he was shocked and deeply anguished at the latest incident of sexual assault and rape of 5-year-old child in the national capital.

"I join her family in praying for a speedy recovery," he said.

The President also called upon concerned authorities to ensure that the best possible medical attention is given to the child and that urgent steps be taken to bring the perpetrators to immediate justice.

10 .45 am: Protests outside Delhi Police headquarters

Hundreds have gathered outside the Delhi Police headquarters in ITO, New Delhi to protest the 'faulty investigations' in the rape of a five-year-old child in the capital, as well as an assault by a police officer on a woman protester.

Students from JNU as well as members of the Aam Aadmi Party were heard shouting slogans demanding that Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar come out and make a statement.


10. 00 am: Delhi police get 3-day transit remand of rape accused Manoj Kumar

A Bihar court on Saturday granted Delhi Police three-day transit remand of Manoj Kumar, 25, accused in the rape of the five-year-old in Delhi. Kumar was arrested from a village in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, police said Saturday.

A team of Delhi Police, with help from local police, arrested Kumar from Chiknauta village under Karza police station in Muzaffarpur, a district police official said.

The accused, who had come here by a train from Delhi, was traced after tracking his mobile phone location, police sources said.


20 April, 8. 30 am: Accused arrested in Muzaffarpur

A 25-year-old youth - Manoj Kumar - who is allegedly involved in the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi has been arrested by Delhi Police early Saturday morning.

Kumar was arrested from Chiknouta, about 50 km from Patna at around 2 am. Read more about it here.

9. 45 pm: Condemn the incident, will nab the accused soon, says Delhi Police

The Delhi Police, in a late night conference, condemned the rape of a five-year-old child in the national capital and said all action would be taken to nab the accused.

"We have formed two teams, they have already identified the accused and we are going to nab him," DCP Prabhakar told the media.

Prabhakar also said that three police officials have been suspended. "The Station House Officer of Gandhinagar police station as well as the investigating officer have been suspended for misbehaving with the family. We have also suspended ACP Ahlawat for slapping a woman protester at a hospital in New Delhi," he said.

Speaking about the incident, the officer said the police registered a missing case on 15 April itself. "On 17 April, the mother of the victim told us she heard her child crying from a locked room. We immediately broke it open and rescued the child."

Meanwhile, MoS Home RPN Singh condemned the action by ACP Ahlawat and said action has been taken against him. Singh tweeted: "Condemn assault by Delhi Police ACP on young girl.Action has been taken against him, strong message will be sent to entire force."

 

 

 

 

8. 10 pm: PM Singh says police action completely unacceptable

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said he was deeply disturbed over the rape of a 5-year-old child in New Delhi who is undergoing treatment at Aiims in New Delhi.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Singh once again reiterated the need for society to look deep within and work to root out the evil of rape and other such crimes from our midst.

Singh also termed 'completely unacceptable' the treatment meted out by police officers to women protesters at a hospital in New Delhi.

The prime minister has also spoken to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and has asked that the strictest possible action be taken against erring officials and appropriate medical care be provided to the young victim of the sexual assault.

 

7.20 pm: Congress core-group meeting discusses Delhi rape case

A Congress core group meeting is underway in New Delhi. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has reportedly briefed Congress President Sonia Gandhi of the developments in the case, reports TimesNow.

6.25 pm: Home Ministry summons senior Delhi Police officials

The Ministry of Home Affairs has summoned senior Delhi Police officials asking for a detail report on the case. TimesNow reports that among the officers summoned is Delhi's Deputy Commissioner of Police.

6.13 pm: Security stepped up around AIIMS as five-year-old victim is admitted

The five-year-old rape victim has been admitted to AIIMS hospital, where she is said to be fairly stable after an operation that was conducted at Swami Dayanand hospital. Security has been stepped up around the hospital as public anger grows over the incident.

Dr RN Hansal from Swami Dayanand hospital said that there was an infection, but said her temperature had come down, and he was fairly hopeful that she would make a full recovery.

Meanwhile Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit, told CNN-IBN that this incident was a very serious matter, adding that the role of the police, which has come under heavy criticism, also needs to be looked into.

5.45 pm: Rape victim stable after operation, en route to AIIMS now says doctor

A doctor at Swami Dayanand hospital said that the girl was stable after a crucial operation to save her life, and said she was now en route to AIIMS on the demand of the public and the higher officials of the hospital. He added that there was a case of infection due to foreign objects being inserted in her body, but added that he believed that she was out of danger and would recover in the next 24-48 hours.

You can read more about the medical bulletin here.

Meanwhile Anand Mahindra is among those expressing his shock and horror at the incident:

https://twitter.com/anandmahindra/status/325222382392455168

 

5.19 pm: Five-year-old rape victim to be shifted to AIIMS

The Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia has confirmed that the five-year-old rape victim will be shifted to AIIMS. "I'm in regular touch with the hospital, we will leave no stone unturned to protect her", she told Times Now.

She added that the incident highlighted the need to look at the laws of the country again.

The transfer has been necessitated due to the horrific nature of the injuries on the five-year-old victim.

According to Dr RK Bansal, a physician who was examined the girl, the case was one of the worst they had ever seen. The doctor said that when the girl was brought in, "she was scared, not fully conscious. “Foreign objects like candle and oil bottle were found in her body. We can tell about her condition only after 24 to 48 hours of observation. As of now her condition is critical,” RK Bansal, physician, Swami Dayanand Hospital where the girl is currently treated told CNN-IBN. 

The doctor's said there were superficial injuries on lips cheeks, chest wall. Her neck had bruises as though someone tried to strangle her." The nature of the injuries mean that the girl is still in critical condition. Doctors told media that the next 48 hours will be crucial.

5.04 pm: Child Welfare Committee defends police action in rape case

Dr B Ramaswamy of the Child Welfare Committee has come out in support of the Delhi police, denying reports that they refused to act when the five-year-old girl was admitted to hospital. "We met the victim's family but they didn't make any allegations then", he said.

"Police did it's best according to us..they filed an FIR on the same day and immediately took the child to a hospital, there was no lapse on the part of the police", he said.

4.44 pm: ACP suspended for slapping protestor in Delhi hospital

ACP Ahlawat, the police official pictured slapping a woman protestor inside the hospital where the five-year-old rape victim is being treated, has been suspended and an inquiry ordered against him, reported CNN-IBN.

The woman who was assaulted, said that she had been slapped because she had refused to move out of the way to allow politicians like Sandeep Dikshit to enter the hospital.

4.35 pm: Protestors stone official government car outside hospital

The situation outside the Swami Dayanand hospital is becoming increasingly volatile. Protestors have just pelted stones at an official government vehicle that attempted to pull up outside the hospital. It is unclear who the vehicle belonged to, but television reports said that it was possibly owned by a senior police official.

The protestors also blocked the car and did not allow it to approach the hospital, forcing it to back away.

4.32 pm: 5-year-old victim could also be moved to AIIMS, say reports

The five-year-old victim is set to be transferred to either LNJP hospital or AIIMS hospital, say reports. There has been no official word on when she will be transferred, although the decision to move her was taken a few hours ago.

Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit and Delhi Health Minister AK Walia are still inside the hospital, as doctors try to decide how and when to transfer the five-year old.

4.18 pm: 'Terribly shocked', says Sushma Swaraj on rape case

And as the fallout from the incident of rape of the five-year-old child in Delhi increases, reactions are flooding in. The latest is from BJP President Sushma Swaraj, who tweeted, "I am terribly shocked to know about the details of the rape of 5 year old child in Delhi".

Smriti Irani from the BJP asked how the police could have possibly missed finding the girl when she was in the same building where the family lived.

There has been no Congress reaction so far.

3.43 pm: Police shown shoving, slapping women protestors in hospital

And in yet another shocking example of the insensitivity of the Delhi police, Times Now showed visuals of an inspector shoving and attempting to assault a woman protestor inside the hospital. The women were screaming at the policemen at the time of the incident.

There is a lot of anger against the police, as reports emerge that they asked the family of the child to keep quiet about the incident as it would embarrass them. There are also allegations that the cops had refused to file an FIR when the girl was declared missing.

The woman who was assaulted, said that she had been slapped because she had refused to move out of the way to allow politicians like Sandeep Dikshit to enter the hospital.

3.32 pm: Incident shows that laws alone change nothing, says Kiran Bedi

Anti-corruption activist Kiran Bedi has said that this latest horrific incident shows that passing laws alone won't make women safer.

"If you thought just bringing in a new law will stop crimes, your wrong. it will reduce, but wont stop. You need community policing to stop these crimes. These schemes were there in Delhi earlier", said Kiran Bedi to Times Now.

"We need neighbourhood watch schemes", she added.

2.36 pm: Victim to be transfered to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash hospital

The five-year-old victim will be transferred to Delhi's LNJP hospital as the nature of her injuries are very severe, reported Times Now. This is also possibly being done in deference to the wishes of the child's parents who have been saying that the Swami Dayanand hospital did not have the necessary facilities to treat the child.

Meanwhile Delhi's health Minister has arrived at the hospital to visit the child.

3.05 pm: Protests in Delhi as horrific details emerge

Protests led by Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi party are breaking out out outside the hospital even as the horrific details of the five-year-old's ordeal emerge.

There is particular anger over media reports that the police had been reluctant to file an FIR and had asked the parents of the child to keep quiet about it, since the incident would cause them huge embarrassment  Protestors were reportedly throwing bottles at the police, and chanting slogans against the Chief Minister and the police.

The protestors were then lathicharged.

Meanwhile a spokesperson from the National Child Welfare said that the incident was 'disgusting'. "Cases like this are very disgusting and shocking. Men like this have no fear of the law", she said.

2.39 pm: Police deny dereliction of duty in hunting for child

The Delhi police have denied allegations by the parents of the five-year-old child who was raped, mutilated and tortured in Delhi.

East Delhi DCP, Prabhakar rubbished reports of police inaction and said that a case of kidnapping was registered immediately after the mother of the child came to the police station . "When the child was found on the ground floor, we immediately took the child to the hospital. The police is camping at the known hideouts of the accused to arrest him," said Prabhakar.

The girl's family has blamed the Delhi Police for the incident. The girl went missing on 15 April and according to the girl's family the police had refused to file a FIR. What is shocking is that the girl was found in the same building where her family live.

According to CNN-IBN, after the girl was found, the police instead of pressing for a physical examination said that the parents should take the girl home and help her recover.

Demanding justice from the government, the mother of the girl said, “She went out to play two days back when she was kidnapped. The man then locked her up in his room and raped her. I want justice from the government.”

Meanwhile Mamta Sharma, NCW Chief, condemned the act and was quick to blame Delhi Police, but said that she herself will visit the child only tomorrow because today's a holiday.

The parents want the girl moved to another hospital like AIIMS as Dayanand Hospital is an municipal Hospital and not a specialty hospital.

Meanwhile doctors have said that the next 48 hours will be critical.

1.30 pm: Doctors shocked at nature of injuries

Violent cases of sexual assault not only continue in Delhi but they seem to get worse. This time the victim is a five-year-old girl was found raped and badly mutilated. The girl is battling for her life at an ICU at Delhi's Dayanand hospital.

According to the Dr RK Bansal, a physician who was examined the girl, the case was one of the worst they had ever seen. The doctor said that when the girl was brought in, "she was scared, not fully conscious. “Foreign objects like candle and oil bottle were found in her body. We can tell about her condition only after 24 to 48 hours of observation. As of now her condition is critical,” RK Bansal, physician, Swami Dayanand Hospital where the girl is currently treated told CNN-IBN. 

The doctor's said there were superficial injuries on lips cheeks, chest wall. Her neck had bruises as though someone tried to strangle her." The nature of the injuries mean that the girl is still in critical condition. Doctors told media that the next 48 hours will be crucial.

As it happened Shinde Delhi CP should resign demands Kejriwal

Screengrab from IBN-Live video.

A neighbour, who is believed to be responsible for the horrific crime, is on the run at present. He stayed nearby as a tenant of the girl’s family but the police are claiming that they have the suspect's father in detention. The Police say they have sent a search team across NCR region to find the suspect.

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'Talent not tied to money': Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Delhi govt students' for their performance in JEE, NEET
India

'Talent not tied to money': Arvind Kejriwal congratulates Delhi govt students' for their performance in JEE, NEET

The Delhi chief minister said it is his firm belief that good education can eradicate poverty from the country in one generation itself

Delhi's air quality 'poor'; pollution expected to abate slightly in coming days, say authorities
India

Delhi's air quality 'poor'; pollution expected to abate slightly in coming days, say authorities

The city recorded an overall air quality index (AQI) of 218 at 10:30 am, with Jahangirpuri (AQI 283) recording the highest pollution levels in the Capital

Delhi violence: ED files chargesheet against Tahir Hussain in money laundering case
India

Delhi violence: ED files chargesheet against Tahir Hussain in money laundering case

The agency was probing the allegation that Hussain and people linked to him laundered funds to the tune of about Rs 1.1 crore to fuel protests against CAA and the subsequent violence