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Thursday 31 July 2014

Mass protests in India after woman is gang-raped on bus

Published 20/12/2012|05:00

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The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus has provoked mass protests in India.

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The woman, a physiotherapy student, was fighting for her life in hospital last night. She had been travelling home from watching a film at a shopping mall in the south of Delhi when she and a male friend were attacked by a group of drunken men on a largely empty bus.

Police say six men attacked the couple and took turns to rape the woman as the bus toured the city's streets on Sunday. Tinted windows and curtains kept them hidden.

Thousands took to the streets to demonstrate outside the Indian parliament, the Delhi chief minister's office and at the police headquarters to demand urgent action to protect women in the "rape capital of India". Despite having two million people fewer than Mumbai, Delhi records considerably more rapes. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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