The mother-in-law of Manoj Kumar, who was arrested for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in Delhi, on Sunday said her son-in-law should be hanged, while his wife sought stringent punishment for him if the charge was true.

“He [Manoj] should be hanged for the bestial act,” Nirmala Devi told PTI.

Manoj Kumar was arrested by a Delhi Police team with the help of district police from his in-laws’ house in Chiknouta village in Muzaffarpur, about 50 km from Patna, late on Friday.

The youth’s wife Archana Devi, who is in deep shock over the incident, said if the charge was true, her husband should be given stringent punishment.

Archana and Manoj Kumar had a love marriage at Suga temple here a year ago.