A juvenile, detained from Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun in connection with the gang-rape and torture of a 23-year-old in a moving bus here, was taken into custody after he was identified as the fifth accused, police said.
The seventeen-and-a-half-year-old juvenile was detained in a late night raid Thursday.
Police ascertained he was the fifth rapist after his confrontation with other four arrested accused, said a police officer.
A special team of Delhi Police was sent to Uttar Pradesh on the basis of secret information and the juvenile was apprehended from his hideout in Badaun after several raids conducted in different places there.
“The identity has been confirmed. As he claims he is a minor, we can not disclose more details about him. He will be taken to a juvenile justice home after the conformation that he is a minor,” said the officer.
Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh also said it was yet to be confirmed whether the fifth apprehended accused was a minor.
Four other accused were arrested Monday and Tuesday, and one is still absconding.
Gang-rape victim fights on; rage spreads
The rage spread, rapidly and steadily, through India’s national capital Friday as students, activists and just concerned citizens gathered at various places in the city to protest the torture and gang-rape of a young woman, now battling to stay alive in a Delhi hospital.
As the protests literally reached President Pranab Mukherjee’s doorstep, with angry demonstrators going right up till the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan and one even managing to enter the complex, Delhi Police detained a fifth person for the crime.
The parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, on its part, summoned union Home Secretary R.K. Singh and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar Dec 27 to discuss atrocities against women and the law and order situation in the national capital.
In scenes unprecedented in the city, multiple protests broke out - at India Gate, Rajpath, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar in the heart of Lutyens Delhi as well as outside Safdarjung Hospital, where the 23-year-old victim of the savage gang-rape fought a valiant battle against her injuries but continued to stay critical.
Rarely, if ever, have so many people taken to the streets in so many different places for a single cause. It was an unstoppable momentum.
Demanding justice and fast track courts, many people have rallied in protest in the capital in the five days since the incident Sunday night, when the physiotherapist intern was brutally assaulted and her male friend beaten in a moving bus. Both were stripped and dumped by the roadside near the domestic airport after the nearly 40-minute ordeal.
The residence of Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and the police headquarters have all witnessed the spontaneous outpouring of anger.
“About 250 protestors thronged the high-security zone of Rastrapati Bhavan. We had to divert them back to India Gate,” a senior police official told IANS after forces tried in vain to control the surging demonstrators.
Swati, a student at the YWCA, managed to slip past the gates of Rashtrapati Bhavan, before she was pushed back. “They do nothing to protect us, and when we want justice, they say we need permission to enter the president’s house. Such a heinous crime has occurred, and they expect us to seek permission to protest,” Swati said.
Faced with the growing outrage, with protests not just in New Delhi but also elsewhere in the country, Delhi Police detained a man from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh.
The man, detained in a late night raid Thursday, has been identified as Raju. He will be produced before the four men arrested to confirm his identity, an official said.
As people hit the streets of Delhi to vent their grief and anger, the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in central Delhi offered the victim free intestinal transplant.
Doctors treating the woman said their focus was on providing her the best treatment as her life was at grave risk. She underwent surgery to remove a gangrenous section of intestine, and there was risk of infection.