Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday presented the official account of the steps the authorities had taken after the rape of a minor in New Delhi on April 19. Here is the statement that the minister presented before Lok Sabha:
On April 15, 2013 a five year old girl child was reported missing at Police Station - Gandhinagar in East District. A case (FIR No 146/13) was registered under section 363 of the IPC the same evening at 10pm.
The police started searching and conducting raids in the East District area in the early hours of April 17 2013. As the mother of the girl heard a sound of weeping of the child from the ground floor of the same house where her parents lived on the first floor. The ground floor was found locked from outside. The police was then informed. The police broke open the door and recovered the child.
The girl was rushed to Swami Dayanand Hospital, which was the nearest hospital, where the Medico Legal Case (MLC) examination was conducted. The preliminary MLC confirms sexual assault of a brutal kind. Accordingly, Section 342, 366A, 376A, 307 IPC and 5(M), 6 POCSO (Protection at Children from Sexual Offences) Act were added in the FIR. Her condition was reported to be stable after an operation was conducted in Swami Dayanand Hospital on April 18, 2013. She was later shifted to AIIMS in the evening of April 19, 2013 for better treatment where she has undergone another operation and presently her condition was reported to be stable.
In the meantime, on April 19, 2013 some protesters were holding demonstration at the Dayanand Hospital where the minister concerned of Delhi government was visiting to enquire about the health of the child alongwith the local MP. Few protesters tried to break through the police cordon around the hospital in order to enter the premises.
One ACP rank officer was seen on camera slapping one of the lady protesters. The said ACP, Shri BS Ahlawat, has been placed under suspension with immediate effect. A departmental enquiry shall be conducted by an Officer to be appointed by the GNCT of Delhi. Taking further note of the lapses in the investigation, the SHO and the IO have been placed under suspension. The Joint CP (Vigilance) has been asked to conduct an enquiry. The Jt CP Vigilance shall also enquire into the allegation that the local police paid some money to the father of the victim to hush up the case.
Meanwhile the accused has been arrested in the night of April 19, 2013 from Muzaffarpur District of Bihar. He was brought to Delhi on April 20. 2013 and is presently under judicial custody. Medical Examination of the accused has also been conducted for DNA testing. In a further development another co-accused has been arrested late last night from Lakhisarai District of Bihar. Further investigation is on.
Such incidents have been reported from other parts of the country also.