India Gang Rape Protesters, Cops Clash
Days of protests after violent assault
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2012 7:05 AM CST
Indian protesters shout as policemen use water cannon to disperse those demonstrating against a gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.   (Tsering Topgyal)

(Newser) – Police in India's capital used tear gas and water cannons for a second day today in a high-security zone to break up protests by thousands of people demonstrating against the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus. Police chased angry protesters with batons as they fought pitched battles to try to get past steel barricades and a wall created by hundreds of policemen to reach the president's mansion to present their demands. "We want justice," they shouted.

The demonstrations continued today despite Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde promising to consider their main demand for death penalties for all six suspects who have been arrested in the Dec. 16 attack. Shinde said last night that the government was taking steps to better ensure the safety of women. A group of protesters met Sonia Gandhi, the governing Congress party chief, and her son, lawmaker Rahul Gandhi, today and demanded a speedy trial of the suspects. The attack one week ago has sparked days of protests across the country. The victim is recovering from injuries in a New Delhi government hospital but is still in critical condition.

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Dec 26, 2012 2:25 AM CST
This is certainly not about equal rights - anybody and everybody has a right and obvious grave need to be protected against an attack by bottom feeders swinging re-bars being ,beaten to near death and raped by bunch of way overgrown mamas boys who should be by now all wearing a strong rubber bands around the scotrum just slightly above their balls..The bands should be removed around ,let's say, May or June 2013 . India - at lest some parts of it ,also has a social problem allowing .young people just about any sexual expression .Consequently there are milions of homosexuals by necessity slithering around . ,Even when they get married latter on they don't seem , to be able to look at normal woman in any other way then as if she was some sort of a allien creature to be feared ,kept in check and manipulated ...I am not talking about femminists by trade , I speak of normal women - alive and beautiful. Another abyssmal social and pseudo religious system worshiping images of questionable gods with violant tempers and avoiding the Creation itself. Sort of like here ,You can not buy Nirvana if you don't live life.
Dec 23, 2012 11:54 PM CST
Compared to things like this, seems really trivial to riot for a playoff hockey game...
Dec 23, 2012 7:41 AM CST
i read that title entirely wrong