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India rape: Protests across Delhi against police laxity

Demand death penalty for rape accused arrested in Bihar

  • IANS
  • Published: 00:25 April 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: REUTERS
  • Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest outside police headquarters in New Delhi April 20, 2013.

New Delhi: The brutal sexual assault on a five-year-old girl here again brought protesters out on the streets, with crowds assembling on Saturday at various places, including Delhi Police headquarters, AIIMS and residences of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

The protests started in the morning at Police Headquarters near ITO with members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) demanding resignation of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar. They were also joined by members of several women groups. The protesters, numbering over 300, contended that Neeraj Kumar had failed to tackle rape crimes in the city. They also demanding death penalty to accused Manoj Kumar, who was arrested in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur early Saturday.

Some of the protesters sought to enter the police headquarters but were stopped. A police official said one protestor, who entered the headquarters forcibly, had been detained.

More than 200 police personnel, including women officers, were stationed near the police headquarters and were equipped with water canons and tear gas to deal with the situation.

Police officials said they had requested people to protest peacefully.

Sucheita, an activist of the ultra-left All India Student Association, called for strict laws and improvement in police’s functioning.

Kavita Krishanan, secretary of All India Progressive Women’s Association, said case should be registered against the three police officials who had been suspended and they should be arrested. “The government should clarify over delay in probe of the matter,” she said.

Protesters also thronged the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where the five-year-old victim is under treatment, and then gathered outside Shinde’s residence, giving police a tough time.

Protesters were able to bring down some barricades but were prevented from entering Shinde’s house by police who were present in sizeable numbers. “If there is so much security outside home minister’s residence, where will be police to keep women safe on streets,” an AAP member told IANS.

Later, several Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) workers were stopped and detained by the police at Sansad Marg in central Delhi while they were heading towards Shinde’s house on Saturday evening. Around 40 people including party leader Vijay Goel were detained but later off.

Around 20 protesters also reached the 10 Janpath residence of Gandhi to lodge their protest but policemen asked them to leave.

Gandhi Nagar area in east Delhi, where the incident occurred, also witnessed protests and several shops were closed till the evening. Residents protested outside the Gandhi Nagar police station and burnt effigies of Delhi police commissioner.

In the evening, the protesters held a candle light vigil at AIIMS.

Leela Tyagi, a protestor, said: “Despite repeated protests, there have been no efforts made by the government to be alert and prevent such crimes.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Police imposed prohibitory orders at the India Gate area, ahead of a candlelight march called by the Aam Aadmi Party and several NGOs.

People marching to the spot were stopped by policemen, deployed in considerable number in the area.

The city had witnessed protests Friday too.

The five-year-old girl was abducted April 15 and kept hostage for two days without food and water in a room in which accused Manoj Kumar lived. She was rescued Wednesday when her family, who lived in the same building, heard her screams.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 14:41 April 21, 2013

    No words, no phrases, but just one thing- I feel ashamed to be an Indian when I hear news like this. I hope this explains everything...

    Neethu Harilal, Sharjah, India

  2. Added 14:25 April 21, 2013

    India should have strict rules. Tough punishment in front of the public is mandatory to stop this kind of cruelty. It is the people who should be strong enough to overcome the government and local politicians and make them implement tougher rules. If people from the whole country gets united against cruelty and bribery, India will be crime free country and will be one of the best country in the world. I hope people will do this time.

    Rms, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:14 April 21, 2013

    Assalamovalykum, I have my sympathy with the child and her parents, but the way people creating problems outside the police headquarter or in front of leaders' houses is not a good thing. The public is going uncontrolable some ill mannered or selfish persons will again take the advantage of this crowd as it happened last decemeber during protest. Suddenly no Govt. can take a decision to execute anyone immediately. this punishment can be misused also in future. But i feel now is the time as the culprit has accepted the crime he must be executed in public, so that it will be a live example to other criminal minds who will fear to do such a heanuios crime.

    Shaikh Masihuddin, Doha, India

  4. Added 14:03 April 21, 2013

    Dear Indian Government, Kindly request you to immediately implement the capital punishment as this can never be tolerated. Even waiting a single minute might lead the culprit to escape. Please protect women's rights. This shows security systems still to be upgraded.

    Iman, Abu Dhabi, India

  5. Added 13:46 April 21, 2013

    Justice delayed is justice denied. The culprits know that they will be jail and no one can harm them. SHAME on our lawmakers. Till these culprits are punished within days ( not months as in 16 Dec case) of committing such crimes, these will be repeated time and again. Wake up lawmakers or quit your job.

    Sangeeta, Dubai, India

  6. Added 13:09 April 21, 2013

    Actually, its a shame on India. why are our great rulers holding such positions and sitting there saying that they are protecting the people and looking after the country. is this the way they protect the poor helpless people? what a world is this. dont girls or women have the right to live a life of peace? my heart cries for that poor child. such people should be given capital punishment, otherwise they know that the max punishment they would get is life imprisonment. that might not be a big thing for such people.

    Pinky Mathew, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:22 April 21, 2013

    This is a shame for the Indian Government. Inspite of repeated rapes, murders, etc, happening again and again the Govt. is still sitting on their hands. No law is being implemented till now to stop this sort of incident. I appeal the Govt. to please do visit countries where there are strict laws being made for such acts and the system followed there.

    SHEELA, DELHI, India

  8. Added 12:20 April 21, 2013

    Dear Mohammed, why are you blaming india for that? What is our country doing? I feel our country is more shameful then India.

    Vishal, Dubai, Pakistan

  9. Added 09:51 April 21, 2013

    yet another incidient. the culprits very well knows nothing is going to happen and they are ready to spend their lives in jail. maximum that is all they will get. men say its woman who make them think like that because of vulgar dressing, but this time what is it? anybody can answer for it? 5 year old. Just five years old. What satisfaction can a man get? Too much. Shame on govt. A strict law "to execute the culprit" should be made againt this unhuman act. Again nothing is going to happen. Ashamed to say I am from India

    Anonymous, INDIA, India

  10. Added 09:45 April 21, 2013

    The fact that rape incidents are happening again and again reveals that man has stooped to such a low level that even animals will be ashamed of such filthy human beings. Slackness on the part of authorities is one major reason for such crimes. Where is the law and the law-enforcement agency? Capital punishment is the best punishment. If only man applies his brains!

    Muqith Mujtaba Ali, Sharjah, India

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