A seven-year-old girl has been admitted to the hospital after allegedly being raped at the government school she attends in Mangolpuri area in north-west Delhi.
Once the news broke in the locality on Friday afternoon, around 300 people gathered outside the hospital to protest the incident, and pelted stones damaging several buses before the police dispersed them.
During the clash, two policemen sustained minor injuries. Locals were unhappy with the police's inaction to arrest the culprits.
The girl is a student of standard II in a primary school run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). Her family, in a police complaint, has said that she was raped on Thursday afternoon.
In the complaint, the victim described that she was raped by a man inside the school campus on Thursday. Her parents approached us this morning and a case has been registered. The victim could not tell us anything about the attacker. She could not identify the offender, the police said.
The police have made no arrests yet, but have detained a security guard and two male teachers of the school and are questioning them.
“One person have been detained and three others have been questioned in this connection,”said a police officer.
The girl has been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital and doctors say she is presently out of danger. However, she had suffered internal bleeding.
Enraged over the incident, locals, including a number of women, staged protests in the locality as well as near the hospital. A section of protesters later turned violent near the hospital and pelted stones at vehicles and broke police barricades. Some policemen and locals were injured in the incident.
As the protests spread, the gates of the hospital were closed for sometime. At least three government-run buses, PCR vans and some private vehicles were damaged in the incident.
There were widespread protests for days in Delhi after the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in December last year, demanding better security for women in the national capital.
The police have made several promises since the government has brought an ordinance on sexual assault, but cases of rape and assault on women have continued with alarming regularity in Delhi.