Friday 18 April 2014

Journalist shot dead in India amid protest fury over sexual assaults

The Indian government failed to stem a wave of furious protest against the gang rape of a student, as a journalist was shot dead by police during a demonstration against another sexual assault.

Police fought protesters with tear gas, water cannons and batons for a second day in Delhi, despite an attempt to stamp out the demonstrations by banning gatherings of more than five people.

Metro stations were closed and roads into the high-security administrative centre of the city were barricaded to prevent a build-up of protesters and a repeat of earlier violence.

Scuffles with police left up to 35 people needing treatment. Stones and bottles were hurled at a police cordon.

A 36-year-old Indian journalist was killed at a protest of a separate attack. Crowds had gathered to protest the attempted rape of an actress and model.

Protesters have been calling for better safety for women since a 23-year-old student was beaten and raped before being thrown from a moving bus in Delhi last Sunday.

The victim was in a critical condition, but has given a statement to the police. Six men have been arrested. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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