On Tuesday evening, an eight-year-old girl was raped and assaulted by a 20 year old man in Mandsaur.

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The horrific rape of an eight-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur has shocked India again. Thousands of people were today out on streets in Mandsaur as news of the brutality faced by the eight-year-old girl reached them.

The incident led to a massive outrage with thousands thronging the streets on Friday demanding justice for the minor girl. The city was awash with slogans by protestors.

The incident had taken place on Tuesday evening when the minor was waiting for her family members outside her school. The accused, Bhaiyu (20) abducted her and took her to the bus stand area, where he raped her in the bushes near Laxman Darwaja, police have said.

The accused, who even tried to kill her by slitting her throat using a knife, was arrested on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while talking to media persons condemned the incident saying that rapists were a 'burden on the earth' and did not deserve to live.

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"In cases of rape, we have made a provision for trial in the fast track courts. We will request the high court and the Supreme Court to make a similar provision so that culprits in such crimes get capital punishment at the earliest," he added.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly had unanimously passed a Bill last year awarding death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.

On the Mandsaur episode, Chouhan said, "It was a painful incident. We are with the (victim's) family and keeping an eye on the girl's condition. Her condition is improving and I am in constant touch with the doctors."

"The accused has already been arrested and there is evidence against him. We will ensure through fast track courts that he will get capital punishment at the earliest," the chief minister said.

However, the CM would find it tough to explain the actions he was taking to ensure such incidents do never happen again.

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