New Delhi on Lockdown in Face of Rape Protests
Police shut roads, public transportation
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2012 6:36 AM CST
Indian policemen block a road to prevent protests in central New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

(Newser) – The situation continues to be a tense one in New Delhi, where police today closed off roads leading to the India Gate and ceased public transportation in an effort to stamp out the protests that have rocked the city following the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman. India's Prime Minister also joined the plea for calm, making what Reuters calls an "unusual" televised appearance today. "Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose," he said. "As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you."

The Wall Street Journal reports that an emergency law announced yesterday continues today, and outlaws groups of more than four people from gathering in public. Still, it notes that protestors assembled anyway, just north of the India Gate, the city-center area that's home to government offices and has been made inaccessible to citizens. "Police laugh at women and girls who go to them to complain against rape, molestation, and harassment and say 'What is new in this,'" said one protestor today. "We will protest as long as possible." The victim remains on life support.

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Dec 24, 2012 1:13 PM CST
RE: "Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose," he said (i.e. the Prime Minister) Yeah! Right! There have been increasing number of rapes and gang rapes in almost all the major cities of India. Where was the government so far? Why is it that the police and judicial system is so easily bribed in favor of the perpetrators and the Prime Minister does not blink and eye. The above applies to almost all areas of life in India. Murders, theft, robbery, crony capitalism, poverty, discrimination and illiteracy. The story is identical. Those elected to power have not only turned a blind eye, they have aided and abetted it all along. None of the systems in place work for the masses; they are just a ruse to steal more of the tax treasury. Here is what I have to say: Anger at this crime is fully justified. Violence is the only language that the gets the attention of these thieving murderous leaders. The minor violence by the masses in this case case serves a vital purpose. It is a wake up call. The next step could easily be a French style revolution. Wake up and do your job without corruption, Mr. Prime Minister! You were voted in for it and are being paid for it.
Dec 24, 2012 12:17 PM CST
The woman are right to keep protesting, because as soon as they stop protesting the government and police will stop caring. They need to continue protesting until the government does something, not stop because they promise they will do something.
Dec 24, 2012 8:05 AM CST
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