Delhi Gang Rape: Protests Turn Violent
December 23, 2012; New Delhi, INDIA:
Protests continue regarding the safety of women after the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on the 16th of this month. Six men gang-raped the girl in a running public transport bus.
The protestors, mostly youths, are demanding speedy trials of rape cases and a strict punishment for the rapists. Many protestors have also demanded the death penalty for those found guilty.
Yesterda's peaceful protests turned violent when the youth gathered at India Gate started marching towards 'Raisina Hills' where 'Rashtrapati Bhavan'- the official residence of the President of India, and various government ministries, are situated.
The protestors broke the security barricades which were installed to prevent them from entering the Rashtrapati Bhavan area. Police had to Lathi Charge (hit the protestors with cane sticks). Police also used water cannons, in what was freezing Delhi weather. Police also fired tear gas shells.
The mob turned violent following the aggressive actions taken by the cops, throwing stones at the police. The CRPF (Central Reserved Police Force) and RAF (Raped Action Force) troops were called to the National Capital. Cops had to drag away the protestors who found ways to dig in on the road.
In the middle of the late night, protestors gathered at the residence of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and shouted slogans. Gandhi came out and assured the protestors her full support.
The violent protest continued today at Section 144, which prohibits gathering of persons at the Rashtrapati Bhavan area. Government also shut seven metro stations, to prevent crowd gathering.
Currently the health of the rape victim is still critical, and she continues to be on ventilator. The doctors still are concerned over threat of infection caused due to repeated insertion of an iron rod in the girl's vagina. The girls intestines had to be removed, and she's prohibited from solid food.
Prayers are held for the recovery of the girl world-wide.