Two-year-old rape victim’s kin block protest, block traffic

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2016 12:02 IST
Victim’s relatives and Railway Colony residents blocking the traffic during a protest at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Thursday. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT Photo)

Family of the two-year-old girl, who was raped by her neighbour on March 13, held a protest demonstration at Bharat Nagar Chowk and disrupted the traffic for at least one hour on Thursday, demanding strict action against the accused.

Family members claimed that the accused in the case was actually 19 years old, but the police was trying to shield him by telling that he was a minor.

BJP district president Praveen Bansal, who also reached the spot, listened to the demands of family members, who said that the girl’s treatment must be done on government expenses.

The protesters then went to the police commissioner’s office, where they raised slogans against the police and demanded that the police should take action against the culprit not considering him as a minor.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Dhruv Dhaiya assured the protesters of appropriate action against the accused as per law. He said police was not trying to shield him. He assured that every kind of help would be provided to the family. On this assurance, the relatives lifted the protest.

ADCP (crime) Gurtejinder Singh said, “The tests to determine the accused’s age will be done soon.”

Praveen Bansal said, “Rape is a heinous crime and culprit must be dealt with strictly. I have asked the family that if they face any problem in getting justice, they can come to me anytime.”

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