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Delhi rape: Events through the day

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Apr 20, 2013 at 11:12am IST

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New Delhi: Live updates: 9.41 pm: DCP Prabhakar says two teams have been formed to track the accused in the Delhi minor rape. He adds vigilance branch is also probing the case. He further says the main accused is identified and will be nabbed soon.

8.40 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expresses anguish over the Delhi rape case, says he is deeply disturbed to hear about the incident. He directs the Lieutenant Governor to take strictest possible action against guilty officials and asks that the the rape survivor be provided the best medical care. PM adds that the treatment meted out by a Delhi Police official to a woman protester was "completely unacceptable".

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8.12 pm: Protesters gather outside AIIMS hospital as the child rape survivor undergoes treatment. The people vent their anger against the police and demand justice for the five-year-old.

6.44 pm: Delhi Health Minister AK Walia says the rape survivor will be provided the best possible treatment. "There is a need to bring a change in the attitude of the police towards the family of the victims," he adds.

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6.28 pm: The meeting between Home Ministry officials and top officers of the Delhi Police begins.

6.15 pm: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "I am terribly shocked to know about the details of the rape of 5-year-old child in Delhi."

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She added, "I see an ACP slapping a young girl protesting against this. These Policemen are incapable of protecting women. Instead they beat them up."

"This ACP should be ashamed of his uniform," she wrote.

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6.12 pm: The doctor attending to the Delhi rape survivor has said that there was a bid to kill the girl. "There were strangulation marks on the neck of the victim," Dr RN Bansal said. "We have put the victim on treatment with antibiotics. We are hoping that the girl would recover in a week's time."

6.00 pm: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has sought a report from the Delhi Police on the Delhi rape incident. Meanwhile, the rape survivor has been shifted to AIIMS for further treatment.

5.30 pm: The Delhi government has decided to shift the 5-year-old rape survivor to AIIMS hospital for further treatment. The child, undergoing treatment at the Dayanand hospital, is admitted in the ICU and said to be critical.

5.00 pm: A Delhi Police officer was placed under suspension for hitting a woman protester outside the hospital where the 5-year-old rape survivor is undergoing treatment. ACP Bani Singh Ahlawat was caught on camera hitting the woman and pushing away another. A spokesperson of the Delhi Police called the incident shameful and said an inquiry had been ordered against him.

"They should have been handled the situation calmly," Rajan Bhagat said. He added that women officers were deployed near the hospital.

Regarding the progress in investigations, Bhagat said teams had been despatched and the main accused would be arrested soon.

Regarding reports that the policemen offered bribe to the survivor's father to remain silent about the incident, Bhagat said that if the charges were proved true, strict action would be taken against the guilty.

Sandeep Dikshit heckled by protesters outside hospital

East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and Health Minister AK Walia were reportedly heckled by protesters outside the Dayanand Hospital where the minor rape survivor is admitted. The neighbours of the child, along with her family members, were protesting against the slow action of the police, and their reported demand for a bribe of Rs 2000 to suppress the case.

Dikshit is the MP of the area where the alleged rape took place. In a grave reminder of December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape, the five-year-old was abducted and brutally raped in the capital. The police have detained one person in connection with the case. The detained man is reported to be the father of the main accused.

The police have registered a case of kidnapping, rape and unnatural sex under Section 377 of the IPC.

The police, however, denied that it was lax and late in taking action. East Delhi DCP Prabhakar rubbished the runours of police inaction and said that the mother of the child along with a relative came to the police station and a case of kidnapping was registered immediately. "When the child was found on the ground floor, we immediately took the child to the hospital. The police is camping at the known hideouts of the accused to arrest him," said Prabhakar.

The toddler is currently battling for her life at a hospital in East Delhi and the doctors have confirmed that she was subjected to horrific injuries to her private parts, saying that they were mutilated and this has resulted in serious infection. Swami Dayanand Hospital Physician DR RK Bansal said that the toddler's condition is critical and she is in ICU.

"The child's condition is very critical. She is in ICU right now. She will be under observation for the next 24-48 hours. There were foreign objects found inside her and this has resulted in infection," said Dr Bansal.

The girl was kidnapped from her home in Gandhi Nagar in East Delhi four days ago. The rape survivor's family alleged that the police acted too late in finding her and were reluctant in filing an FIR. Not just that, when confronted about the probe in the case, the police officials allegedly told the parents to just be grateful that she was found alive.

No one has been arrested yet but the main suspect is a neighbour who is absconding. The five-year-old's mother demanded justice. She said, "She went out to play two days back when she was kidnapped. The man then locked her up in his room and raped her. I want justice from the government."

"When I went to lodge the FIR, the police refused to register it initially. If they had made a better attempt at locating her, then this situation would not have arrived. The police asked us to be content with the fact that we at least found her alive," said the father. Meanwhile, the father of the girl said that the doctors refused to give any information beyond the fact that his daughter is critical.

NCPCR Member Vinod Kumar Tikoo said that he was shocked to hear the facts and demanded swift action against culprit.

Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members are staging protest outside the hospital to show solidarity for the rape survivor's family and are demanding action.

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