April 22, 2013

INDIA: UPDATE: Delhi 5 Year-Old Rape Victim's Health Has Improved; Police Have Arrested A Second Accused Accomplice; Anti-Rape Protests Continue In Delhi, Three Metro Stations Have Been Shut Down.

The Times of India
written by Staff
Monday April 22, 2013

NEW DELHI - Showing signs of gradual recovery, the five-year-old child, who was raped allegedly by her neighbour, has started taking liquids and semi-solid food and her wounds have started to heal, doctors said on Monday.

DK Sharma, Medical Superintendent of AIIMS where the girl is undergoing treatment since Friday evening, told reporters that she has shown "signs of gradual recovery".

"Her perineal wounds was re-dressed on Sunday and the wounds have started to heal. However, it may take a few more days to heal completely," he said.

She is being monitored regularly by a team of specialist doctors, he said.

On Sunday, the doctors said that there was "no danger" to her life though it will take another two weeks to discharge her from the hospital.

She is responding well to the anti-biotics given to her, they had said, adding the victim has undergone colostomy procedure and surgical care of perennial injuries.

Earlier in the morning, the second man allegedly involved in the brutal rape of the five-year-old girl a week ago was arrested from Bihar even as police are verifying whether the claims made by the first accused are true.

Pradeep, who was named by first accused Manoj Kumar, was apprehended from Barahiya village in Bihar's Lakhisarai late last night, Bihar Director General of Police Abhayanand said.

A Delhi Police team with the help of Bihar Police Special Task Force arrested Pradeep from his maternal uncle's residence, wehere he was hiding, the DGP said.

"He will be brought to the national capital today after getting a transit remand from Darbhanga court," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said.

Manoj, who was arrested on Saturday from Muzaffarpur in Bihar, had told police during interrogation that one of his friends was also involved in the crime.

The girl was raped on April 15 in a building in east Delhi's Gandhinagar locality where the victim and accused Manoj lived and she was rescued 40 hours later on April 17.

Manoj had fled from the house thinking that the girl was dead.

Pradeep's arrest came after investigators on Sunday launched a hunt following protests here demanding the removal of the Police Commissioner.

Sources said Manoj told his interrogators that on April 15, his friend Pradeep had come to his house and they had consumed alcohol.

Manoj claimed that Pradeep insisted on bringing a girl to the house and he went out and lured the girl with a chocolate, sources said. Manoj also told police that he did not sexually assault the girl, they said.

He had also claimed that they fled from the house after strangulating her to avoid being identified later and thought that she was dead, they said.


The Times of India
written by Staff
Monday April 22, 2013

NEW DELH - Protesters gathered at Delhi Police Headquarters for the third day on Monday demanding removal of police commissioner Neeraj Kumar and justice for the five-year-old rape victim even as police put up barricades to prevent December-like protests near Parliament where traffic was disrupted.

Three Metro stations, Race Course Road, Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhavan, close to Parliament, India Gate and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence were closed around 10.15 am for public anticipating anti-rape protests. However, the interchange facility will be available at Central Secretariat station.

The measures came against the backdrop of re-convening of the Budget session on Monday.

However, in the morning hours, AIIMS did not witness any protest like in the past three days.

Chaos was witnessed near Parliament as police closed Red Cross Road, Rafi Marg, Raisina Road and some crossings on Rajpath. There was trouble for vehicular movement near India Gate also as barricades were erected on Mansingh Road.

Caught unawares, many commuters coming from south Delhi had to take long winding routes to reach Connaught Place and nearby localities.

Long queues of vehicles were seen on many arterial roads leading to India Gate.

A handful of BJP and Aam Aadmi Party activists restarted their protest on Monday morning outside the police headquarters near the busy ITO which was barricaded. A large number of police personnel were deployed at the PHQ.

As BJP supporters geared up to start a protest from its Delhi state office, police blocked Pandit Pant Marg where it is located. A large police posse was also placed near the BJP office.

Barricades were setup on the roads leading to Parliament, near the Central Secretariat metro station, India Gate and near the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO, to prevent untoward incidents.

The barricading and checking by senior police official have led to traffic snarls in these areas.

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