My quitting won't stop rapes, says Delhi Police chief

A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped, tortured and kept in captivity for 40 hours, reviving memories of last December's brutal assault on a woman that shook the country.

NEW DELHI: Protests that began on Friday grew more intense after video footage showed a policeman slapping a woman protester, and following reports that investigators had offered the victim's family 2,000 rupees not to file a case.

A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped, tortured and kept in captivity for 40 hours, reviving memories of last December's brutal assault on a woman that shook the country.

Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said he won't resign over sex crimes in the city, adding that his exit won't help remedy the situation.

"If my resigning will prevent (such crimes), then I am prepared to resign a thousand times. But that is not going to address the problem," he told the media.

7:30 pm: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar revealed that the second man arrested in connection with the heinous crime is a 19-year-old man and has confessed to the crime.

7:00 pm:
"Is it humanly possible for a policeman to prevent a case like this in which a neighbour lures a girl who is playing to his room and commits a crime?" Delhi police chief says. "Is it possible to prevent it?"

6:30 pm:
Doctors treating the five year old rape victim at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said that she was recovering well, and estimated that it would take at least two weeks for her to show signs of good progress.

The medical bulletin came even as protests against the incident intensified in the national capital.

Doctors said the girl suffered severe injuries and bruising, including to her neck and genitalia, but her condition was slowly improving.


6:00 pm: Police arrested a second man in connection with the rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi, but that was not enough to halt protests at perceived police incompetence and corruption.

Neighbours say the child was abducted on Monday last week in an alley outside her home in a cramped lower middle-class neighbourhood and kept captive by two men in the basement of the same building. They say they found her two days later after hearing her cries.

5:30 pm: Arvind Kekriwal says Home Minister Shinde and Delhi police chief must quit.

5:00 pm:
The two men who raped a five-year-old girl, has been arrested and is being brought to Delhi, police said.

"We have filed a case of gang-rape against the two. The second acccused in the case has admitted to the crime," Deputy Commissioner of Police Prabhakar told IANS.

The two accused have been booked under 376-D of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to gang-rape, Prabhakar said.

Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said they have arrested the second accused, identified as Pradeep Ram, 19, from Bihar. He is in judicial custody till May 4.

Police had earlier arrested Manoj Kumar, 22, on April 20 from Bihar's Muzaffarpur. He was hiding in his in-law's house.

Pradeep's involvement came to light after Manoj told police during questioning that the two of them were involved in the brutal rape of the girl.

4;20 pm:
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said people should rise above party politics and act to stop rape and violence against women.

"Cases of rape and violence against women are on the rise all over the country. There is a need to rise above party politics and act to stop it," Mayawati said, while participating in a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on security for women.

"We passed a tough law in the first half of the budget session, but law needs to be further amended and made tougher. A time frame should be fixed for the trial of such cases, and the criminals involved in such crimes should get the death sentence," she said.

4:00 pm:
Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar said that law alone cannot prevent rapes from happening, only a change in attitude can help in curbing such heinous crimes against women and children.

3:45 pm:
Addressing lok Sabha members, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said an inquiry has been ordered into the lapses on part of police in connection with the rape of a five-year-old girl in Delhi's Gandhinagar area,but added that such incidents don't just happen in the national capital.

He said such incidents happen across the country.

Shinde updated members about the action taken by the government in relation to the incident.

3:20 pm: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said he won't resign over sex crimes in the city, adding that his exit won't help remedy the situation.

"If my resigning will prevent (such crimes), then I am prepared to resign a thousand times. But that is not going to address the problem," he told the media.

He said the factors responsible for the rising crimes against women in the city were mental depravity, psychopathy and mental sickness.

"And that won't be sorted out by anyone resigning, least of all the leader of the police force," he said.

Earlier, asked if he would quit, Kumar shot back: "For any misreporting that you do, does your editor resign?

"If you do wrong reporting, does your editor resign? This is my counter question."

3:15 pm: What can the police do in a case like this, where the neighbour has lured the girl into his house: Delhi Police Commissioner.

3:10 pm: Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar says question of him resigning does not arise.

3:00 pm:
The second accused in the five-year-old girl's rape case in Delhi has been arrested from Bihar's Lakhisarai district, police said Monday. A Bihar court has granted Pradeep's three-day transit remand to the Delhi Police.

Delhi Police with the help of state's special task force and district police arrested Pradeep Ram, between 20 and 25 years old from Badhaiya area, Bihar Director General of Police Abhayanand said in Patna.

2:50 pm: CPM leader Brinda Karat says Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar must resign.

2:45 pm:
While trying to pacify the opposition on the situation, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in a statement in the Lok Sabha, said such incidents happens elsewhere in the country.

This remark had led to a widespread condemnation.

He also added that the station house officer and the investigating officer has been suspended.

2:40 pm: Trying to diffuse the angry demonstrations over the the rape of a five-year-old girl, Shinde today tabled a report that gave details into the investigation conducted by the police so far.

The government today ordered a probe into the lapses by police in conducting the investigation and their alleged attempts to silence the matter.

A five-year-old girl was allegedly raped, tortured and kept in captivity for 40 hours, reviving memories of last December's brutal assault on a woman that shook the country.

2:30 pm: Police arrested a man they accuse of the attack from Bihar, and brought him back to New Delhi for interrogation. Doctors say the girl suffered severe injuries and bruising, including to her neck and genitalia.