As news of the rape of a five-year-old girl allegedly by a neighbour after being held captive for four days spread, politicians started making a beeline to the hospital. Delhi state health minister A K Walia and East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit were heckled by protesters, most of them from Aam Aadmi Party, who demanded that the girl be shifted to AIIMS for treatment.
Police said the accused, in his 30s, locked the apartment and fled after raping the victim. Investigations revealed that he was a resident of Muzaffar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh and had taken the flat on rent eight days ago. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a statement, said he was deeply disturbed by the rape and the unacceptable treatment meted out by the police to some women protesting against the incident. He has spoken to Lt Gen Tejendra Singh, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, in this regard and has conveyed to him the need for strict action against the erring officials.