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Child rape case: Women's organisations march to Parl

April 22, 2013 15:45 IST

Women's organisations on Monday took out a march towards Parliament demanding removal of Delhi police commissioner and other officers in the wake of rape of a five-year-old girl here, but were prevented by the police.

The protesters had gathered at Jantar Mantar in the morning and started their march later.

They tried to break barricades and march towards Parliament but were prevented by the police.

The demonstrators were led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist-backed All India Democratic Women's Association, the Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Sangathan, the National Federation for Indian Women, the All India Student's Association, the All India Progressive Women's Association and activists from the Student's Federation of India.

"We are not satisfied with the removal of officers. We want departmental enquiries into the matter. We also demand the arrest of the police officer who slapped and injured a protester," Rashpal Kaur, member of Akhil Bharatiya Janwadi Mahila Sangathan, said.

AIPWA member Kavita Krishnan said, "We are going to meet the home minister and the Lt Governor and demand the removal of the errant police officers who did not register complaint filed by the parents of this girl in the first place."

The demonstrators also demanded the resignation of the home minister following reports of another rape in Silchar. “We are protesting against the human rights violations and the government cover-up. We don't think society has taken the problem of crime against women seriously in India," Rihanna, member of a United States-based women rights group who joined the demonstrations, said.

Protesters also gathered at the Delhi police headquarters for the third day on Monday demanding removal of Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and justice for the five-year-old rape victim.

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