Indian Police Tear Gas Gang Rape Protest

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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HEAD: Indian Police Tear Gas Gang Rape Protest

DATE: 12/22/2012

PUBLISHED AT: Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:27:02 AM

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Police in India's capital have used tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who assembled for a second day to demand justice for a 23-year-old female student who was brutally gang raped.

Protesters shouted “we want justice” as police struggled to control the crowd in New Delhi Saturday.

Police say they have arrested all six men thought to be responsible for the attack last Sunday. Police are seeking life sentences for the suspects.

The woman was attacked after she and a male friend were given a ride on a chartered bus in New Delhi. Officials say a group of men raped her and beat both of the victims with an iron rod, later stripping them and dumping them on the road. The woman remains hospitalized with severe abdominal and genital injuries.

Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Friday announced a series of measures to prevent such violence. He said bus drivers' licenses will be thoroughly checked, tinted or otherwise covered bus windows will be banned, and plainclothes police officers will be deployed on buses. Authorities will also crack down on drunk driving and those who drink and loiter in New Delhi.

More than 600 cases of rape have been reported in New Delhi so far this year, one of the highest rates in the country.