Details of 5-yr-old's savage rape spark outrage, PM says 'deeply disturbed'

FPPrime Minister Manmohan Singh

A day after a five-year-old girl, who had been held captive for more than 48 hours and repeatedly raped, was found in a room of the building she lived in an East Delhi colony, doctors gave shocking details of the manner in which she had been brutalised. Doctors who examined her said they removed candle pieces and a 200 ml plastic bottle of hair oil from her body. Bite marks were visible and she had been slashed with a blade, doctors said, adding that the girl had severe infection and her condition was serious.

As word spread, outrage mounted. The child's family alleged that the police took their time in registering an FIR and, after she was found, tried to bribe them with Rs 2000 to "remain silent". Noisy protests were held outside Swami Dayanand Hospital where the child was being treated. Later in the day, she was shifted to AIIMS.

Delhi Health Minister Dr A K Walia and East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit were heckled by protesters, mostly from the Aam Aadmi Party. A girl who was protesting slapped Walia and she in turn was slapped by Assistant Commissioner of Police B S Ahlawat.

As the Home Ministry sought a report from the police, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was "deeply disturbed" after he heard of the "shameful incident" of the child being sexually abused. He said he had seen news visuals of the "completely unacceptable treatment meted out by police officers" to some women protesting against this incident.

In a statement, the Prime Minister said he had spoken to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and had asked him to take the "strictest possible action" against the erring officials and provide appropriate medical care to the child.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said ACP Ahlawat had been suspended along with the SHO of the area police station and the investigating officer in the case.

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