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Delhi minor's rape: Protests continue for second day

PTI  New Delhi, April 21, 2013
First Published: 13:53 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 17:41 IST(21/4/2013)

Scores of people protesting the rape of a 5-year-old girl descended at police headquarters and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's residence on the second consecutive day on Sunday raising slogans and demanding removal of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

Placard-wielding protests also gathered at AIIMS where the girl is undergoing treatment.

Workers of BJP's womens wing, Mahila Morcha, were detained from near Gandhi's residence a little after noon as they broke barricades to move forward while AAP activists stay put at the Police Headquarters since morning.

Though the gatherings are not as big as they were after the December 16 gang rape of a physiotherapy student, the anger among the protesters is the same and palpable as they shouted slogans against government and police.

Shouting slogans like "enough is enough", the BJP protesters broke a few barricades and tried to enter 10 Janpath, residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, when police used force to disperse them. BJP activists were detained and later released.

At the Police Headquarters, scores of AAP members staged protest demanding removal of the Police Commissioner and arrest of policemen who were allegedly lax in dealing with the case of the girl.

Traffic at ITO was not affected as the number of protesters was not big.

On Saturday, there were protests at PHQ, AIIMS, Gandhinagar Police station and also at residences of the Congress chief and Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

The five-year-old girl was brutally raped and assaulted allegedly by her neighbour. She was held captive and starved for two days in east Delhi's Gandhi Nagar. The girl also contracted infection from foreign objects inserted in her body.


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