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Delhi Anti-Rape Rage Spills Over at Raisina Hill
Sustained protests over the gangrape of a young girl erupted in Raisina Hill, the seat of power, as thousands of youth clashed with police undeterred by the repeated use of water cannons, teargas shells and baton charge.

Demonstrators comprising girls and boys gathered right from the morning at India Gate and marched to Raisina Hill where Rashtrapati Bhavan and Prime Minister's Office are located.

The looked a battle ground as their repeated attempts to break the barricades and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan invited at least six rounds of spraying of water jets, teargassing and cane charging, injuring around 30 protesters.

Some policemen were also injured in the throwing of stones and other missiles at them. Police vehicles were also damaged in the violence.

As high-drama played out at the Vijay Chowk, near Parliament House, political parties condemned the police action and demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make a statement.

The Prime Minister called Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to his house and discussed a series of steps to ensure safety of women in the capital and to ensure that swift justice was meted out to the criminals involved in the bestial act on Sunday night when the 23-year-old woman was gangraped in a moving bus.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also called the Prime Minister and the Home Minister over telephone and discussed the issue. She wanted appropriate action in the case.

The protesters fought pitched battles with the police through out the day. Reinforcements were rushed as the Rapid Action Force joined in attempts to contain the situation.

As the dusk fell, candle-light marches were taken at the India Gate, the scene of protests in the last few days.

The protest at the Raisina Hill turned violent in the evening when a group of protesters pelted stones and threw water bottles at police who used force and resorted to lobbing teargas at them, injuring many.

At around 5:30 pm, students protesting against the gangrape clashed with police near the VVIP gate of Parliament here following which personnel used force to disperse them.

With night settling in, it was complete chaos at Raisina Hills as people ran helter-skelter. Some policemen were seen throwing back stones at protesters.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old gangrape victim has given a "fearless and bold" statement before a magistrate about the brutal assault on Sunday night and wants her tormentors to be swiftly brought to justice.

The statement was recorded before a Sub-Divisional Magistrate by the girl yesterday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Safdarjung Hospital where she has been undergoing number of surgeries and medication since her admission there on Sunday night.

Delhi Police said the girl's statement corroborates with the version of her male friend who was also assaulted brutally by six men inside a moving bus on Sunday last.

"We are continuously in touch with her parents. She is stable and she got her statement recorded in the presence of a Sub-Divisional Magistrate. She has given a fearless and bold statement. It corroborates with what her male friend has told us," Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South, said.

Protesters also converged near Safdurjung Hospital to express solidarity with the victim. There were attempts to block traffic.
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5/D-16
Dec 23, 2012
02:25 AM

The PM should go on television and declare solidarity with the protesters and promise better policing and harsher laws.

Anwaar, Dallas
4/D-115
Dec 22, 2012
11:30 PM

This is the result of media hyperreporting.

This is similar to what happened in the Gujarat press in 2002.

Male Unblocked, Chennai
3/D-91
Dec 22, 2012
09:32 PM

The outrage is genuine and welcome.

Question is - why we don't see public outrage when Dalits and tribals are raped far away from the capital?

Rajesh, Phoenix
2/D-90
Dec 22, 2012
09:26 PM

PM discussed with HM about security of women in Delhi only, as if these incidents happen in Delhi only.

This problem cannot go away with just increasing patrolling in one city as we all know it is unsustainable. They need to put stronger laws and make sure they implement them.

Country has changed, people are more aggressive, government also need to change with time and start working.

Mukesh Tomer, Washington DC
1/D-37
Dec 22, 2012
02:15 PM

Outlook informs in Sarkari tone 'Mahaul theek hein aur Halat control mein hein !

I am watching live coverage of protests around Prez Palce,Parliament,Offices of PM and Ministers.

Unarmed girls and boys of age 14 yrs to 21 yrs are chanting 'We want Justice " We want justice "

First there was crowd of 3000 to 5000 kids .

Police in its wisdom used Water Canons with extremely cold water ,fired Tear Gas Shells and did the Lathi charge on unarmed girls and boys in their teens who just wanted amendment of Law so that Rapists can be hanged plus security for the girls in buses,roads and streets.

They wanted to meet Prez.

After this Police Action nearly 150000 teen age girls and boys assembled .And started chanting " We want justice'

Second time Police used water Canons ,Fired Tear shells and lathi charged and pushed back the kids.

Now 30000 kids assembled and started chanting 'We want Justice and want persons whom they elected should do some thing to protect tthe females .

Third Time again the Police Fired Water Canons,Tear Gas Shells and did Lathi Charge .

Kids were pushed back third time .

Now again kids in bigger number shave reassembled !!

They are chanting "We want Justice and will not go even if the Govt repeats its action fourth times.''

Such scenes I only saw in Movie Gandhi .
Now I am seeing live and real not on reel the teens being showered Water Canons,Tear Gas Shells and Lathis !!

Then Gandhi faced the Police for Independence but now kids are facing the Independent India's Police aaginst our kids.

HERE there is No political parties ,no BJP or no Baba Ramdev ,no Anna Hazare etc but kids -girls and boys protesting against the Rape and molestation in the Capital of India !!

Not one girl but many kids have been injured in three brutal lathi charges.

Where is the wisdom of the Sarkar that it has to use brutal force on the school and college students  who are shouting '' we are not armed nor terrorists but still brutal force is being used upon us ?? '

What will you call this Sarkar ????

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI, Mumbai
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