Protests spread as Delhi seethes over girl's rape, accused held
New Delhi: Street protests erupted in the national capital Saturday against the barbaric rape of a five-year-old girl who doctors said would need major reconstructive surgery as her private parts had been badly damaged, even as police nabbed the accused from his in-law's house in Bihar in an early morning raid.
Public anger spilled onto the streets as hundreds of protesters held demonstrations in many parts of Delhi, being increasingly described as the "rape capital" of India, demanding death for Manoj Kumar, 22, who kidnapped, starved and brutally tortured the girl for two days in a working class locality in east Delhi. The accused was arrested from Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
Students, women activists and members of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student's wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, laid siege outside the Police Headquarters at ITO in the heart of the capital from early morning, shouting slogans and waving banners.
Their numbers swelled by afternoon. The crowd demanded the resignation of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to take moral responsibility for police callousness. Many protesters tried to break the barricades and enter the Police Headquarters.
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