India police arrest suspect over rape of 5-year-old girl

Published: April 20, 2013
Indian students and activists carry placards in protest over the gang rape in India. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Indian students and activists carry placards in protest over the gang rape in India. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PATNA: Indian police said they had Saturday arrested the suspected rapist of a five-year-old girl who is battling for her life in hospital after a horrific attack in New Delhi.

The 25-year-old suspect, identified as Manoj Kumar, was held in the eastern Indian state of Bihar after he took shelter in his father-in-law’s home in a village 70 kilometres from local capital Patna, an official said.

Police say Kumar allegedly attacked his victim inside a locked room over a 48-hour period after abducting her Monday in a lower-middle class area of Indian capital New Delhi.

“It is an act of a monster,” Additional Director-general of Police Ravindar Kumar told AFP in Patna hours after the suspect was detained by a joint team of detectives from New Delhi and Bihar.

The officer said the suspect reached Chiknouta village Friday after fleeing New Delhi by train and added the man would be sent back to face trial in the national capital.

“He should be punished as early as possible,” Kumar said.

The child, found after a passerby heard her cries and alerted the police, was admitted in a New Delhi hospital on Wednesday and doctors on Friday described her condition was “critical”.

Medics said the girl was mutilated during the attack, suffering serious internal injuries and infection during the brutal attack. She also has multiple other injuries.

The incident comes just months after India was shaken by the horrific gang-rape of a student in Delhi on a bus last December that sparked countrywide demonstrations and debate over the status of women and girls and their safety.

The 23-year-old gang rape victim succumbed to her injuries 13 days after the assault in which her attackers drove an iron rod inside her, damaging her internal organs.

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  • Randomstranger
    Apr 20, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Incredible India! Condolences for the girl’s family though.


  • mohaisin Sharif
    Apr 21, 2013 - 12:38PM

    So called Largest Democracy of world? Indian Govt is having double standards, for inner and outer world different policies! No human rights inside country but always speaking about peace, harmony and etc in Region!


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