Gang-rape protesters face tear gas, and lathicharge (baton beating)
Police used batons, tear gas and water cannon to turn back thousands of people marching on the presidential palace in intensifying protests against the gang-rape of a woman on the streets and on social media. The 23-year-old victim is battling for her life in hospital after she was beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus on a busy New Delhi street. he protesters, largely college students, are demanding the death penalty for the accused and safety assurances for women. The savage rape and torture occurred on Sunday night, when the woman and her male friend boarded a private bus in south Delhi after watching a movie. The woman was brutally and repeatedly assaulted by six men. Her male friend, who tried to save her, was also beaten up by the rapists. Both the girl and her friend were stripped and dumped by the roadside near the domestic airport, after the nearly 40-minute ordeal in a moving bus, that passed unchallenged through five different police check points while the ghastly act was underway.
Anonymous takes down Delhi Police website over gang-rape case
Hacktivist group Anonymous has taken down the Delhi Police website over its reaction to weeklong protests sparked by the brutal gang-rape of a young woman, urging authorities to bring the rapists to justice.
It comes as the authorities have shut down roads and railway stations in the Indian capital in a bid to halt the protests. Meanwhile, the country’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called for calm amid the public outrage gripping India.
“We all know about the shameful incident that happened in Delhi, and we all want the same result i.e. – punish the rapist,” Anonymous said in a statement published on The Hackers Blog.
The hacktivists blamed the police for cracking down on protesters instead of cooperating with them and finding the culprits. They also thanked the public for taking to the streets despite chilly weather.