Gangrape victim’s family thrash accused in hospital, Delhi top cop blames parties for politicising rape


A day after a two-and-half-year-old was allegedly gangraped, her relatives on Sunday attacked one of the accused in hospital, prompting Delhi Police chief B.S.Bassi to assure action was being taken and to appeal for calm.

The incident took place when one of the two accused, both minors, who are in police custody, were taken for medical check-up to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital – where the victim is also admitted – on Sunday afternoon, said a police official.

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“The accused, however, didn’t receive any injury and is perfectly fine,” he said.

Meanwhile, urging people to remain calm, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said, “We live in a civilized society, anger should be kept in control.”

“Police is taking action in this case,” he added.

Bassi also hit out at political parties for “politicising rape cases”. “Political parties are doing politics as usual. There is no jungle raj in Delhi. We are answerable to the home ministry,” he said, in what is seen as reply to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who called police ineffective and demanded its control.

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The toddler was kidnapped from near her home and gangraped by two teenagers during a power outage in the area on Friday night. She was found at a nearby park early Saturday.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had hit out at Prime Minister Modi for not giving the control of the city police to the elected government.

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After meeting the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, on Sunday, Kejriwal repeated his demands that Delhi police ought to have been given to his government.

He warned the prime minister, Narendra Modi, not to mistake him as his predecessor, Sheila Dikshit adding that he will not let him sleep peacefully if the rape incidents did not stop.

The gangrape of two year old toddler followed another incident of brutalities against a five year old by multiple men had shocked Delhi on Saturday.