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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.
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    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.
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    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: TheAgentOfTruth from: Near Boston, Ma USA
    December 21, 2012 4:17 PM
    Life imprisonment? A failure in my opinion. In order to send a CLEAR MESSAGE to potential rapists and murderers, the citizens of India, as well as the rest of the world...that these crimes will NOT BE TOLERATED, the people who committed this crime need to be EXECUTED in a public square. Immediately. On television. Not next week, not next month, long after most everyone has forgotten about the issue. Otherwise the only message that India or any other country is sending is that: 'This person/s is rather dangerous / should be kept off the streets...so we will be happy to securely house them and take good care of them for the rest of their lives...and the citizens of the country will pay for the costs associated with this care and housing.
    I do not see this as an effective deterrent.

    by: Allenwood from: New Mexico, USA
    December 21, 2012 4:11 PM
    EMASCULATION for all CONVICTED rapist. This brutality has to be met with an equal and appropiate response from the global community and it's judicial systems.

    by: Subodh Varma from: Mexico City
    December 21, 2012 3:55 PM
    The accused should not be sentenced to anything; they should be shot dead in a public place and the shooting should be televised. Why? So that every one gets to know what happens to any rapist and will not even dare to think about it. Anybody who opposes this has this challenge of mine: how would you feel if the victim were one of your family?

    by: Manhar from: Lake Oswego, USA
    December 21, 2012 3:48 PM
    In many countries this has been done to set control over such llawlessness. Cut thier manhood is the only way to retaliate such behaviors. I am afraid many politicians indulge in such activities so it is a question whetther congress would pass such laws.or not.

    by: Anonymous
    December 21, 2012 3:39 PM
    I suggest that you all read the book "Half the Sky" Indian women are raped every day in sex slavery and India is one of the worst contries when it comes to this. The only reason this girl made news is that she is probably middle class and was with a man, but children as young as 8 are forced into prostitution every day in the red light districts and nobody does anything!

    by: Prashant from: USA
    December 21, 2012 3:25 PM
    Dear media friends, please raise a FUND for her(23 yr Old Delhi Girl), where we all can participate, she would definitely need lots of money in coming future and it will help.. Thanks !!

    by: Blackwood from: USA
    December 21, 2012 3:09 PM
    I think Paki ISI is involve in this case some how.

    by: MuckrakerW from: Ohio
    December 21, 2012 1:45 PM
    In the 1960s the U.S. had rape as a national concern also. With such vicious and frightful rapists as the Boston strangler, Albert DeSalvo and the Cincinnati strangler, Posteal Laskey, 29, Cincinnati and Boston were on 24/7 alert by police authorities to catch these guys. Growing up at the time I remember at dusk women would flee the streets and bolt their doors in both these cities. Now Indian women are facing the same terror. www.globalbabbler.com

    by: ssp from: USA
    December 21, 2012 1:32 PM
    The problem with India is that it is stuck in a world between modernity and traditions. It is stuck between corruption and progress, between thugs and cowards between dreamers and destroyers. The corrupt politicians as well the ancient patriarchal society, the urge to ape western traditions, neglect of the good cultural values as well as these thugs who should be castrated are all responsible. It is just that the brutality and the actors involved have made this heinous crime conspicuous but incidents such as these occur throughout the country and the perpetrators go free because they are either protected, the police are incompetent/corrupt and the judiciary is a joke. I am glad to be in America!!!!!
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    by: MIke
    December 21, 2012 2:26 PM
    "The problem with India is that it is stuck in a world between modernity and traditions" - It's all a matter of degree. The same can be said about the US. Just look at the red vs blue vote in the recent US election. It was cast along the same geographical lines as were set during the slavery (pre-civil war) period.
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    by: Smer from: US
    December 21, 2012 2:18 PM
    Shocking and sad to think, these heartless rapists and criminals were innocent babies once, but a little extra freedom from the parents or society or schools or environment they grow up in lead to diminishing of cultural and social values which in turn leads to this type of dispicable behavior. As archaic and uncool as the cultural and social values seem, they are what keep humans from turning into scum. This goes to show us how important of a task is it to raise our children right and SHAPE them into responsible and caring adults.
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    by: Dev from: Chennai
    December 21, 2012 2:13 PM
    I agree with most of the comments except last sentence. Problems are everywhere including America but it is more pronouced and on big scale in India. Generally, Indians do not have a civic pride and lack social responsibility.
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    by: ven from: Boston MA
    December 21, 2012 2:03 PM
    I seriously have a question to all the people who think our nation is a democratic nation.I sincerely request all the people to think once:
    As a citizen of India “WHAT IS THAT YOU DID TO YOUR NATION”
    I don’t say everyone has to be a politician or a business man, please do your responsibilities as a true citizen.



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