The second accused in the Delhi rape case was arrested from the Lakhisarai area Bihar on Monday. During his interrogation, prime accused Manoj Kumar had said that he had an accomplice during the crime. Pradeep was arrested during a joint operation of the Delhi and Bihar police and is expected to be brought to Delhi on Monday.
Meanwhile, the five-year-old rape survivor is stable and will take a few more weeks to recover, doctors at AIIMS have said. They have also ruled out any immediate surgery.
Protests are expected to continue on Monday. On Sunday, protesters gathered outside the police headquarters at ITO in central Delhi and India Gate, where prohibitory orders were in place. Some of the protesters even marched up to the Prime Minister's residence at 7 Race Course Road. The demonstrations, however, were largely peaceful.
The BJP's Mahila Morcha tried to march to Sonia Gandhi's residence at 10 Janpath, but were stopped.
Meanwhile, accused Manoj Kumar has been produced in court and sent to judicial custody till May 4.
The survivor was held in captivity and savagely assaulted for two days while the police took time in filing an FIR and launching a search. On Saturday, anger erupted in Delhi against the police as protests took place outside Delhi Police headquarters, outside Gandhi Nagar police station, at AIIMS and outside the Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's residence.
As the anger over the gruesome rape spilled onto the capital's streets, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said collective efforts were needed to root out such "depravity" from society. "The gruesome assault on a little child reminds us of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society. All of us have the social responsibility to provide security to women. The safety, security and status of women in our country is a matter of concern. We have to make vast improvements in this area," he added.
Meanwhile, the wife of the accused has said her husband should be punished is he has committed the crime. However, she denied the allegation that she was raped by the accused who was forced to marry her.
"It was a false case slapped on him due to a land dispute. There is no truth in this," she said. She said that she heard about the rape of the five-year-old girl allegedly by her husband. "I have not seen her. I don't know that family," she said.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)