NEW DELHI: As protests continue unabated after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student last Sunday, the Indian capital have never seen the kind of spontaneous reaction by the citizenry in its post-independence history.
The authorities had to clamp prohibitory orders around the the seat of its authority – which includes parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the PMO – to keep off protesters who are seeking answers from their elected representatives to the horrible crime which has shaken the whole nation.
The crime which took place in a moving bus saw the young girl, with her male companion, first being beaten up by the six persons on the bus, gang-raped and then thrown off the bus in south Delhi after 10 pm on last Sunday.
The girl, who underwent multiple surgeries including the removal of her intestine which became gangrenous after the attackers inserted a rod into her, is struggling for her life in Delhi’s Safdarjang Hospital.
On the third day of the continuing protesters, many people and cops were injured in the Indian Gate area. Protesters uprooted poles on the Raj Path as they fought pitched battles with police. The whole area was strewn with bottles, shoes and placards.
Former army chief Gen V.K. Singh and Yoga guru Ramdev also led protests at the Jantar Mantar as the government announced to bring in tougher laws to deter crimes against women and suspended eight policemen for dereliction of duty.