Protests after five-year-old girl 'raped' in Delhi

FRESH anger swept through Delhi yesterday after a five-year-old girl was taken to hospital after she was allegedly raped by a neighbour.

In the latest sex attack in the city, the girl was snatched from her home then attacked and kept in a room for two days.

She was found after her family heard her cries on Wednesday.

The suspect had apparently  rented a room in the same building as her family in Gandhi Nagar in Delhi.

The girl later had surgery at Swami Dayanand Hospital.

RK Bansal, medical superintendent, said yesterday:  "This is the first time I have seen such barbarism with a five-year-old."

Her condition was last night stable.

Protests erupted after the girl's father said police had refused to register a case when he went to report her missing.

"The police tried to suppress the matter and even offered [£24] to the family to keep quiet," said a spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi party. 

The incident is the latest in a series of sex attacks in Delhi that have created outcry in the aftermath of the December 16 gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student.

The authorities have vowed to do more to protect women and police have been ordered to take steps to make the city safer.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was "deeply disturbed" by the latest incident.

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