Protesters Clash With Police in India Over Gang Rape of Medical Student
The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang-rape of a 23-year-old female medical student, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger.
Police in riot gear used tear gas and batons to hold crowds back from marching on the presidential palace, just as they did the day before in clashes that media reports said injured more than two dozen protesters.
Doctors said the victim of last week’s attack, who was beaten, raped for almost an hour by four men and then thrown out of a moving city bus in New Delhi, was still in a critical condition on respiratory support but responding to treatment.
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New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures.