NEW DELHI -- Several hundred people protesting the kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old girl descended on police headquarters Saturday, waving signs, overrunning barriers and calling for the resignation of the capital city’s police commissioner.
The angry demonstration, which spread to a hospital and the homes of two senior officials, was reminiscent of the outcry seen after a 23-year-old student was brutally raped in December, a crime that shook the nation and leading to tougher laws and the creation of special courts for rape cases.
Police on Saturday arrested Manoj Kumar, 22, who had reportedly fled to the central impoverished state of Bihar following the attack on the 5-year-old. Authorities said he was being returned to New Delhi to face rape, kidnapping and attempted murder charges. He reportedly lived in the same building as the young victim.
Public anger has been directed at police who reportedly offered the youngster’s family $40 to keep quiet and told them they were lucky their child was alive. Video also showed a policeman slapping a female protester.