Delhi rape: Protests turn violent as police resorts to tear gas

Published: 22 December, 2012 12:18 IST | Agency |

The Delhi Police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton charge on Saturday to quell protest by school children, activists and concerned citizens who arrived outside Raisina Hill on the way to Rashtrapati Bhawan, demanding justice for the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape victim.

The police resorted to use of water cannons followed by mild baton charge and tear gas shelling, as soon as five women from protesting party were called inside Rahtrapati Bhawan for talks.

The protestors gathered in large number at the India Gate and marched toward Rashtrapati Bhawan, shouting slogan ''we want justice'' and demanding capital punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The protests had literally breached security and reached President Pranab Mukherjee''s doorstep on Friday, with angry demonstrators going right up till the gates of Rashtrapati Bhawan and one even managing to enter the complex.

Protest against Delhi gangrape
Protest by school children, activists and concerned citizens demanding capital punishment to the perpetrators of the heinous crime (Pic-AFP)

Former Army chief General V K Singh also joined the young protestors at India Gate this morning.

He nation witnessing similar protests at various places in the capital form he last six days.

On Friday, the capital witnessed massive protest at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar and near Safdurjung hospital through out the day demanding speedy and stringent punishment to the rapists.

Two days ago in a similar protest, around 200 people had gathered near North Block, and dispersed only after Home Minster Sushilkumar Shinde agreed to meet a delegation of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students'' Union students.

According to doctors, the 23-year-old rape victim battling for life, showing early signs of sepsis, a potentially deadly medical condition characterised by a whole-body inflammatory state caused by severe infection.

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