New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Two more of the eight men who allegedly gang-raped a 13-year-old girl here last month have been arrested, taking the total to five, police Sunday said. The girl, who attempted suicide Saturday, is stated to stable in hospital.
“We have arrested two people in the case,” a police officer told IANS but refused to divulge any more information.
Three people were arrested Saturday, police said.
Meanwhile, the victim’s mother told IANS that her “condition was stable and she has started to talk a little”.
The girl, who was abducted March 15 by the men and released after nine days, consumed an overdose of sleeping pills Saturday morning at her house in Farsh Bazar area in east Delhi.
She was admitted at the Hedgewar Hospital in east Delhi.
The victim’s family had complained of police apathy in the case.
Police swung into action on the orders of the Karkardooma court, which the family approached April 9 after police reportedly took no action on their complaint.
The 13-year-old victim and her 12-year-old brother were abducted by two men known to her on March 15 from outside her house and taken to Loni on the city outskirts. There six accomplices of the two abductors joined them and raped the girl in a house, a police officer said. The boy was released the next day.
Police arrested three accused – Deepak, 21, Ranjeet (20) and Sohan Lal (24) – Saturday, following medical examination of the victim April 15.
The incident comes even as the capital is witnessing outrage over the rape of a five-year-old girl whose family has alleged that Delhi Police tried to bribe them with Rs.2,000 to hush up the rape. Three Delhi Police officials, including an Assistant Commissioner of Police, have been suspended for failing to act promptly in the rape case or for behaving improperly with protesters.