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India: Fresh protests over rape of five year old girl00:44

India: Fresh protests over rape of five year old girl

India, Delhi
April 23, 2013 at 20:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

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India: Fresh protests over rape of five year old girl

Protests raged through the Indian capital for the third day on Tuesday, following the rape of a five-year-old girl. Around 200 protesters massed outside police headquarters in Jantar Mantar, in central Delhi, before marching on the residence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Police fenced off the road leading to Dikshit's house, which was shaken and scaled by protesters. Posters of the minister were set alight and beaten with sticks, while slogans rang out condemning Dikshit for the surge in rape cases in the capital.

The protests were organised by India's main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who led a protest march on the home of Sonia Ghandi, the leader of India's ruling Congress party, on Sunday.

The latest case of sexual violence has reignited nationwide uproar at the police who have been under fire since a 23 year-old student was fatally gang raped on a Delhi bus on December 16. Allegations of police corruption and understaffing run rampant in Delhi, where police figures show a rape reported on average every 18 hours.

Police say the girl was abducted on April 15 and kept in the basement of the apartment block in which she lived for 48 hours. Neighbour's discovered the girl after they heard her cries. Two suspects were reported to have been arrested in connection with the crime.

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India: Fresh protests over rape of five year old girl

Protests raged through the Indian capital for the third day on Tuesday, following the rape of a five-year-old girl. Around 200 protesters massed outside police headquarters in Jantar Mantar, in central Delhi, before marching on the residence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Police fenced off the road leading to Dikshit's house, which was shaken and scaled by protesters. Posters of the minister were set alight and beaten with sticks, while slogans rang out condemning Dikshit for the surge in rape cases in the capital.

The protests were organised by India's main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who led a protest march on the home of Sonia Ghandi, the leader of India's ruling Congress party, on Sunday.

The latest case of sexual violence has reignited nationwide uproar at the police who have been under fire since a 23 year-old student was fatally gang raped on a Delhi bus on December 16. Allegations of police corruption and understaffing run rampant in Delhi, where police figures show a rape reported on average every 18 hours.

Police say the girl was abducted on April 15 and kept in the basement of the apartment block in which she lived for 48 hours. Neighbour's discovered the girl after they heard her cries. Two suspects were reported to have been arrested in connection with the crime.