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article imagePolice use water cannon on protesters of Delhi city bus gang-rape

By Katerina Nikolas     Dec 19, 2012 in World
Delhi - Thousands of furious protesters have gathered in Delhi over the gang-rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old medical student on a city bus. The government is accused of insensitivity after police turned water cannons on protesters.
The victim of Sunday's brutal gang-rape on a Delhi bus remains in a critical condition in hospital. Doctors have said she is suffering from severe internal injuries.
The young woman and her male companion were beaten with iron rods and thrown from the moving bus, following the brutal rape. Police have said six men raped the student. Four men have been apprehended, with the Times of India reporting a fifth man has just been detained in Bihar.
One of the accused man has said "hang me," echoing the calls of MPs and an outraged public that the death penalty be applied to rapists. Some have called for public castration.
The rape has resulted in fury across India, with protesters taking to the streets.The Himalyan Times reported "the outpouring of anger is unusual in a country where attacks against women are rarely prosecuted."
Protesters from the All India Students' Association (AISA) and the All India Democratic Womens' Association (AIDWA) gathered outside police headquarters and Parliament. Police used water cannon against protesters outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The protesters called for a safer environment for women and "demanded action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women." There have been demands that the government do more to protect women as crimes against them rise, with victims rarely seeing justice.
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