India rape victim stable, second suspect arrested

Protesters outside hospital seek death penalty for perpetrator

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Women activists of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party are stopped by police near the residence of ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi during a protest against the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 21, 2013. The girl was allegedly kidnapped, raped and tortured by a man and then left alone for two days in a locked room in India's capital.
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New Delhi: A second suspect in the rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi has been arrested in Bihar, police said on Monday as the victim recovered in hospital.

The suspect Pradeep was arrested in the Badaiya area of the Lakhi Sarai district. Manoj Kumar, the prime suspect, has been in police custody since his arrest on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the girl who was brutally raped here is in “stable” condition after a surgery, and may not undergo any reconstructive surgery for now, a doctor said.

“Her condition is stable. She is recovering,” D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), told IANS on Sunday.

“There was a fresh medical evaluation of the girl’s condition and she continues to be under observation,” he said.

On whether the girl may need to undergo any reconstructive surgery as she suffered severe injuries to her private parts, Sharma said: “For now, no such surgery will be done on her. May be after couple of months... but we will have to see if there is a need.”

Earlier on Sunday morning, giving details of the girl’s overnight medical condition, Sharma had said that she was stable and “responding well to treatment”.

“Her vital parameters are ok and she faces no threat to her life. She is alert and spoke to her parents and doctors,” said the medical superintendent of AIIMS, adding that she had “mild fever”.

Colostomy surgery

He said the girl, raped by her 22-year-old neighbour, had undergone “colostomy” surgery. This is a procedure to create an alternative route for stool to pass.

Asked if the girl understood what she had undergone, the doctor said that she was perhaps too young to understand what happened.

“I will not say she is scared, perhaps she is too young to understand the gravity of her condition,” he said.

Meanwhile, protests continued on Sunday outside AIIMS, where around 30 people had assembled, demanding justice for the rape victim.

Holding placards, the demonstrators raised slogans like: “Damini ko nyaay do” [give justice to the girl] and “Naari ke samman mei, hum hai maidan mei” [we are in the field to protect the honour of women].

“We are demanding justice not just for this girl but for every other woman. The rapists should be ostracised and then hanged,” said Abdul Hadi, a protester from Aligarh.

Vikas Tyagi, 30, a resident of Delhi, said the death penalty was the only way to stop rapes. “We demand that the culprit be hanged till death. Only then it will establish fear in the hearts of such people,” he said.

Police, government blamed

“Both police and government are equally responsible for the incident. The police is corrupt, insensitive and listen only to their political masters. We seek police reform and action against erring police officials,” said Sunil Kumar Arya, an Aam Aaadmi Party activist.

To enable easy entry and exit for patients and ambulances, police have barricaded the main entrance to AIIMS. On Saturday, many protesters had held protests outside the hospital and blocked movement of ambulances.

The five-year-old victim was transferred to the hospital on Friday evening. She was warded since Wednesday morning at the city’s Swami Dyanand hospital after her family rescued her.

The girl had been abducted, sexually assaulted and tortured in captivity by her neighbour in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area.

A joint team of Delhi and Bihar Police succeeded in nabbing the accused, Manoj Kumar, from his in-laws’ house in Chitkouna village in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district early on Saturday. He was flown to Delhi in a chartered plane and is being interrogated by police.


  • singh

    Apr 22, 2013 3:59

    police are to blame no protection at all

  • Meera

    Apr 22, 2013 3:56

    Ashamed to be an Indian!! May God bless the little soul and give courage to the helpless parents who have to go through the agony! I am sure the ruling for the case would come after a couple of years... India will also remain India!! Shameless!!!

  • jame

    Apr 22, 2013 3:42

    where is her parents why they let the 5 years old girl out? and that guy who did stupid thing to her must be a savage, hey goverment of India do something man dont set the savage free must be a death penalty...God bless to the small child hope she will get well soon.

  • pasha

    Apr 22, 2013 3:39

    unless and untill there are strict punishments,the number of culpritswill never reduce.the culprit should be punished with severepunishment.then hanged or electricuted in public.this culprits have noright to live.there mentality is worst compared to animals,even a animalwon't do such an act. the punishment should be so severe any one whoeven thinks of such a crime will think of it 1000 times before hedecides.this is very shameful even to hear,what is happening to this generation.

  • Natasha

    Apr 22, 2013 3:22

    While i do not support the death penalty, it seems like the best option for rapists. After all by the terrible cruelty that they inflict upon their victims, they should not be left alive, but I think that keeping them alive and in prison for the rest of their lives is a more fittingpunishment. Put them in solitary confinement or a cage to look exactly like the ANIMALS that they are. They are not human themselves to be able to do such things. Also, moreneeds to be done with regards to rehab for the victims. Once the protests stop, no one will take notice of the victim anymore. We need honest and upright citizens to be given enough authority to help these people regain their self esteems and their lives back. It does not matter if its a child or an adult, a victim of rape will be marred for life.

  • Shamsher Khan

    Apr 22, 2013 1:49

    There should be the death penalty for the person who rape an under age child. the laws for rape in india are too lenient. the law should be so stringent that a person may thinks a hundred times about the consequences before committing the crime.

  • Kiran

    Apr 22, 2013 1:34

    This is unbelievable!! They cant even spare a 5 year old little child.Whats happening to our country?

  • Jose

    Apr 22, 2013 12:58

    Why is the government not taking any actions after repeated witness of these heinous crimes?

  • Dan

    Apr 22, 2013 12:44

    I am ashamed to say that I am an Indian because of the barbaric acts of some disgusting people!

  • Varun

    Apr 22, 2013 12:40

    He should be immediately executed in front of general public to make these kind of people understand that barbaricactions taken in civilized world can turn the world barbaric and harsh punishments is the remedy

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