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    India Vows Action Following Brutal Gang Rape

    Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
    Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
    Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
    VOA News
    Indian officials are vowing to take measures to better protect women following the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital.
    Police have so far arrested five people in connection with Sunday's attack and said Friday that they are searching for a sixth assailant. The suspects are accused of rape and attempted murder, with police seeking life imprisonment for the perpetrators.
    The woman was attacked after she and a male friend were given a ride on a chartered bus in New Delhi. Officials say a group of men raped her and beat both of the victims with an iron rod, later stripping them and dumping them on the road. The woman remains hospitalized with severe internal injuries.
    Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Friday announced a series of measures to prevent such violence. He said bus drivers' licenses will be thoroughly checked, tinted or otherwise covered bus windows will be banned, and plainclothes police officers will be deployed on buses. Authorities will also crack down on drunk driving and those who drink and loiter in New Delhi.
    Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters in the Indian capital marched to the presidential mansion on Friday, demanding strong action against those accused in the attack and better protection for women against violence and harassment.
    More than 600 cases of rape have been reported in New Delhi so far this year, one of the highest rates in the country.
    On Thursday, an Indian think tank released a study revealing that 27 political candidates have been accused of raping women. The Association for Democratic Reforms did not, however, record how many of the accused have been found guilty.
    • An Indian protester shouts slogans as he is stopped by police during a protest against a recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
    • Indians protesting the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, display a poster calling for death penalty for offenders at a rally in Kolkata, December 27, 2012.
    • Police stand near barricades as they prepare to stop protesters on their way to India Gate while demonstrating against the gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
    • People participate in a candle light vigil for the recovery of the young victim of the recent brutal gang-rape in a bus in New Delhi, India, December 26, 2012.
    • A woman is removed by Indian police while protesting against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 25, 2012.
    • Police and relatives carry the body of Subhash Tomar, a police man, during his funeral in New Delhi, December 25, 2012. Tomar died after he was injured during a protest over a gang rape in New Delhi.
    • Members of the All India Democratic Students Organization (DSO) hold placards and shout slogans condemning the brutal gang rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi during a protest in Ahmadabad, India, December 24, 2012.
    • Indian police use water cannons to push back protesters during a demonstration near the India Gate against the gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week, in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
    • An Indian man overwhelmed by tear gas lies on the ground during a protest in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
    • A demonstrator holds a placard in front of India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organized by various women's organisations in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.
    • People participate in a candlelight vigil for the fast recovery of a young woman as she fights for her life at a hospital after being brutally raped and tortured, in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.
    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: TD from: USA
    January 01, 2013 6:11 PM
    The parents of these rapists should also be hung. What kind of children did they raise? How did they allow their children to become rapists? Hold the parents responsible and accountable for negligible behavior!

    by: Naan from: usa
    December 26, 2012 7:23 PM
    I wonder what the people riding that bus were doing when these beasts were attacking the girl. People seem to have become indifferent when crimes are perpetrated on others. The bus riders should be ashamed of themselves.

    by: Rana from: London
    December 24, 2012 12:48 PM
    The entire Indian Government and particularly it’s Prime Minister is spineless. They are happy to spend $billions on weaponry with Russia, France, UK etc. but can’t protect the country’s women and afford them their basic human rights. The Police and the Ministers are equally guilty of this rape and the 650 plus rapes that have been ‘reported’ this year alone.

    by: oxygen from: china
    December 22, 2012 12:51 PM
    the rapists are all stupid, several seconds excitement cost their whole life in prison.
    India is a man dominated nation, women are discriminated everywhere.

    by: BostonSteve from: USA
    December 21, 2012 10:40 PM
    Here in the USA the criminals have more rights than the victims. Hope it's not the same in New Delhi.
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    by: Rana from: London
    December 24, 2012 12:50 PM
    Criminals and Terrorists are highly venerated kings in India

    by: sage from: usa
    December 21, 2012 9:43 PM
    If you rape you die no excuse and no reasons. Put a stop to abuse.
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    by: Sam from: Usa
    December 22, 2012 2:43 PM
    Only Islam has the right documented punishment

    by: River from: USA
    December 21, 2012 7:26 PM
    If they misuse it they should lose it. Laws need to be tough enough to prevent monsters from destroying girls and women at will. Complete circumcision for rapists. Maybe it will make them think twice about how they use it. Rape, torture and murder must stop now! Is this idea offensive? So is Rape!
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    by: Jarrett from: Fairborn
    December 21, 2012 9:48 PM
    Circumcision huh? I think you mean castration

    by: kanaikaal irumporai from: -
    December 21, 2012 6:55 PM
    In every Indian male's mindset there's an inclination for sexual exploitation abd abuse to achieve supremacy and dominance over the opposite sex. IN every part of this unstable union, there's a belief that entering a police station is tabu, not because they do not want the police, but the police in modern day India is none other than old Bristish imperialist oppressive regime rather than a democratically formed state's Law and order enforcement. The entire society that is based on the four Vedas and Manu's smriti need to be reformed, for the Bhaminical teachings degrade women, though they worship womens-Godeses. Parvathi and Lakshmi is revered, but their own human women are thought of as enjoyable stuf, not a living creature Equal to man.
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    by: peace from: Mauritius
    December 21, 2012 9:45 PM
    congratulation for this idea.That's the best solution. you see in Saudi Arabia where islamic law is in force, rape, robbery, crime etc is very rare and that what most people called barbaric law.

    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    December 21, 2012 5:39 PM
    so much Democracy can do to a country. Compare democratic India with "dictatorship" China. I am glad I am Chinese.
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    by: cheryl rose from: us
    December 21, 2012 9:35 PM
    I sugest you go back home where you feel safe. bye bye.
    In Response

    by: Bswinc from: USA
    December 21, 2012 9:29 PM
    right...cause nothing bad ever happens in China...idiot...
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    by: What from: California
    December 21, 2012 8:57 PM
    ...but you live in the democracy that is Canada.

    by: Harmik Singh from: Canada
    December 21, 2012 4:22 PM
    One girl was gang-raped in Delhi, I would like the rapists to have the harsh punishment. The whole country is asking for capital punishment for the rapists. Why the people of the same country called Sant Jarnail Singh Bhinderanwala an EXTREMIST, when he asked for capital punishments for the rapists??

    In 1984 Genocide too, Young Sikh Girls and women were gang-raped on the same streets of Delhi with Delhi people with the full support of the Government. Nobody take out processions with Sikhs then, we understand there was no electronic media then but print media was still there.I have full sympathy with this Delhi girl, but what about those who are asking just for last 28 years.

    In North eastern states and Maoists area also saw lots of rapes almost every day, nobody takes out processions for them and asks for justice on the streets even electronic media doesn’t bring those incidents out like this one. All these attitude of media and the people of India are equal culprit in raising the confidence of rapists. As rapists know that nothing will happen to them. Minorities in Republic of India never gets fair justice that has raised the confidence of the criminals.
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    by: Joseph Christie from: St. Louis, MO USA
    December 22, 2012 6:03 PM
    Mr, Singh, I agree with your, "Young Sikh Girls and women were gang-raped on the same streets of Delhi with Delhi people with the full support of the Government. Nobody take out processions with Sikhs then, we understand there was no electronic media then but print media was still there" 150 %. This is what the Hindus presumably did in 1857, when the Sepoy Mutiny broke out in and around Delhi and UP. The Indians went on a rampage raping the helpless English women, including very young girls and old nannies, because they loved the WHITE SKIN as they do even today. India is a land of semi-savage barbarians, with their virile males diXXing around to sow their wild oats.
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    by: Choate Garry-grb
    December 21, 2012 11:20 PM
    Genocide???? What are you talking about?

    This is about rape NOT genocide.

    "Rape is a rape", President Obama. Rape is a rape whether it is committed on a female from minorities or majorities. This article has nothing to do with either genocide or bhindrawale. The rape shall be condemned in the most extreme form. May be Indians need to make new laws but I laugh at some of the wording used in some of the comments on this post.
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