Anti-rape protests continue unabated, Opposition flays Centre

Published: 22nd April 2013 09:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2013 09:25 AM   |  A+A-

Irate protesters on Sunday continued their agitation at several places here against the brutal rape and assault of a five-year-old girl.

Students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) tried to stage a  march towards the India Gate, but were stopped by a massive police presence.

Some of them persisted with the protests at the India Gate, while others gathered at the Delhi Police headquarters (HQ) and demanded Police Commissioner (CP) Neeraj Kumar’s removal.

As the Centre found itself in a tight spot over the second horrific rape case in five months, political parties not only attacked the Manmohan Singh Government but also called for stringent punishment.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh lashed out at the UPA Government and the Prime Minister saying rape cases were on the rise because of the insensitivity shown by the Centre.

“The Prime Minister should be the one who should be responsible and sensitive towards the people, not someone who can do nothing for the people.

“Why are the rape cases increasing? Because there is a government that has lost all sensitivity towards its people,” he said.

The CPM too seconded BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s demand for awarding the death penalty to child rapists.

“We are willing to discuss and consider this because what happened in the Delhi rape case is gruesome. There is something seriously wrong with the society and there is no fear of the law,” Yechury added.

2 More Nabbed

Two more persons allegedly involved in the rape of a 13-year-old, who attempted suicide, were arrested here, police said on Sunday.

With this, five out of eight accused have been arrested. The teenaged girl, who was abducted and raped by eight men last month, allegedly attempted suicide on Saturday by consuming sleeping pills. Doctors said her condition was stable. The crime came to light last week when the victim’s parents approached the police.


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