"Action and not words required to check incidents like this heinous rape of five-year-old girl," said Sonia just a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on the shocking incident. The PM earlier had ordered immediate actions against alleged police officials who were caught on camera misbehaving with girls who were protesting against the toddler rape case.
The national capital once again witnessed protest where aam-aadmi (common man) gathered at India Gate and Police Headquarter chanting slogans against Delhi police and government. However, this time the Congress-led UPA government did not fail to acknowledge the frustration and anger in the country which was quite contrary to their response post Dec 16 incident.
Delhi had witnessed a wave of protest when a 23-year-old paramedical student was raped by six men and later was thrown out of a moving bus. The young woman later passed away in a hospital in Singapore. The government's response was lame which ignited the ire among people.
The five-year-old girl was abducted April 15 and kept hostage without food and water in a room in which the attacker lived. The accused Manoj Kumar, 25, has been arrested today.
The culprit was arrested by a police team from Delhi with the help of Bihar police. The accused fled Delhi after committing the crime and boarded a train from Delhi to reach Bihar.
Reports say Kumar had married recently and his wife had come to her parent's place two days back. The accused, working as labourer in Delhi, is a native of Bharphua village of the district.
Kumar allegedly raped the girl at his rented accommodation in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar. The girl and her family stayed in the same building where Kumar lived. Delhi police has registered a case and slapped charges of attempt to murder and rape among other things on Kumar, who allegedly confined the girl in his room for at least two days.
The girl was rescued on April 17 morning from the ground floor of the building. The girl is battling for life in AIIMS hospital in the national capital after she contracted infection from foreign objects inserted into her body.
The brutality and bestiality involved in the rape and torture of the minor triggered large-scale condemnation. Protests erupted in the national capital to demand justice for the girl. The victim is currently fighting for her life at AIIMS hospital. Her condition is said to be critical.