Journalist shot dead in India amid protest fury over sexual assaults
Published 24/12/2012 | 05:00
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)