Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Manipur girl raped in Delhi, sparks protests

Students groups protest after the alleged rape of the girl


Minor from Manipur allegedly raped in Delhi (© Reuters)

New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl from Manipur was forcibly grabbed by her landlord's son, taken to a vacant room and brutally raped here, triggering protests.

The rape of the teenaged Manipuri girl took place in south Delhi, which also last week witnessed an altercation over the appearance of a student from Arunachal Pradesh. Nido Tania was beaten up and he died Jan 30.

The girl was raped Friday night. The accused has been arrested, police said Saturday. She was allegedly raped in Munirka area at around 10.30 p.m. Friday.

The girl had gone out to buy some household items when the accused forcibly grabbed her in front of a pharmacy near a hospital. She was dragged to a vacant room and raped. The traumatised girl suffered injuries to her face in the vicious attack.

She underwent medical tests at Safdarjung hospital. Activists, students and people from northeast Saturday held a protest outside Vasant Vihar police station against the rape.

"She has been raped repeatedly and brutally. We are trying to ensure we get more facts... she is in a very bad shape," said Binalakshmi, an activist from Manipur. "Even an animal would not do that," she added.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Barkha Singh described the attack as unfortunate. "I hope police takes action, I have been told the rapist has been arrested," Barkha Singh told reporters.

"We will do everything to ensure the rapist gets a life sentence, it is shameful...," she said.

Union Minister Manish Tewari too condemned it. "Violence of any sort is reprehensible. It's very sad incidents of violence keep occurring... when it happens against a woman its even more reprehensible. I hope police acts and all those responsible are brought to justice," he said.

Following Tania's death, the central government Thursday announced the formation of a committee that will examine the reasons behind such attacks and suggest remedial measures.

Several parliamentarians met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to take steps to stop discrimination against people from the region.

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