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Rape of 5-year-old girl outrages India

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Indian protesters shout slogans during an anti-rape demonstration in New Delhi, on April 20, 2013.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Indian capital New Delhi to protest against the brutal torture and rape of a five-year-old girl, demanding punishment for policemen over their apathy in dealing with the case.

Protesters gathered in front of the police headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday shouting anti-government and anti-police slogans.

The girl was abducted by her neighbor in the capital city on April 15.

She was held in a room for 48 hours and was raped several times, before a passerby who heard her moaning rescued her.

They argued that the police did not help locate the girl, when she went missing from her home on April 15.

A protester was detained for trying to enter the police headquarters.

“The government makes laws just for the sake of making them, with no intention to stop crimes. None of the laws are implemented and we see rapes increasing day by the day,” said a man protesting outside the police headquarters.

Protesters also staged demonstrations outside the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, demanding death sentence for the rapist.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape.

The 22-year-old man, identified as Manoj Kumar, was arrested from Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar – located about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of New Delhi – early on Saturday morning, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.

The assault on the little girl has evoked memories of the horrific gang rape by six men of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus on December 16, 2012, in New Delhi. She succumbed to her injuries in a hospital in Singapore on December 29.

The horrific nature of the crime shocked Indians, who thronged the streets, demanding protection for women and capital punishment for rape, which currently carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.


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