The parents of the unnamed 23-year-old woman who was gang raped late at night on December 16 have demanded that the perpetrators be hanged without delay.
Though the rape victim continues to be unnamed, her parents are reported to have told Union Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath on Wednesday that the attackers should be hanged without delay.
The victim, who was gang-raped for almost 40 minutes as per televison channel reports, continues to be under emergency care at the Safdarjang Hospital.
Tirath reportedly said the victim's parents want death for the rapists.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today described the gang-rape of the woman as "a heinous crime," and added it was "very upsetting".
The Prime Minister also directed Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to bring the culprits to book at the earliest and to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
The 23-year-old girl continues to battle for her life at the Safdarjung Hospital. Doctors today performed a second surgery on her.
The doctors are battling the onset of septicaemia - a systemic infection, usually caused by bacteria of various types contaminating a person's blood.
In the raped girl's case, Septicemia may have been caused due to the infected cuts that she was inflicted with.
The next 24 hours are critical for the girl; if she pulls through, her chances of survival will improve.
Police fire water canons at anti-rape protesters outside Delhi CM's residence
Police fired water cannons to disperse anti-rape protesters, mostly students, who were expressing their anger at the rape of a 23-year old girl in a moving bus, outside Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence on Wednesday.
Hundreds of protesters, mostly students, belonging to the All India Students' Association (AISA) and Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) marched outside the CM's residence, demanding stringent action against the perpetrators.
Protesters shouted anti-government slogans as they camped outside Sheila Dikshit's house to raise the issue of safety of women in the national capital.
They carried placards and shouted 'down with Sheila Dikshit', as they tried to break through the barricades.
However, police stopped the protesters by firing water cannons at them.
A protester said that with the alarming rise in the number of cases of rape, New Delhi has become the 'rape capital' of India and the government is not paying attention to women's security.
"This attitude of the police is shameful, especially, after 600 rapes in the city. It is also highly condemnable that Sheila Dikshit says that the law and order falls under the purview of the federal government. In the past few years, Delhi has become the rape capital and Sheila Dikshit has no answer with regard to the security of women," said a protester.
In order to control the slogan-shouting students, the police fired the water cannons even at the women protesters.
"Such incidents are repeatedly occurring in Delhi. The question that arises is whether the government will take the responsibility of the security of women or not. We have come out to protest outside the residence of Sheila Dikshit and it is shameful that water cannon was fired at us. I am also injured and a male policeman has beaten one of the girls. However, there is no response by the government and the police as to what steps are being taken to curb rapes in the city," said an injured women protester.
The medical student, who was gang-raped on Sunday night and was later thrown out of the moving vehicle in a semi-naked condition, is on ventilator support, battling for life.
Protests held across the country
Angry protests erupted across India today over the gangrape of a 23-year-old student with the national capital being the epicentre of demonstrations outside Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence, Police Headquarters and at India Gate.
Police had to use water cannons to disperse the protesters outside Dikshit's residence when they tried to bring down metal barricades.
Hundreds of slogan-shouting people gathered at India Gate evening to protest against the brutal rape of the paramedical student in Delhi demanding strong action against the accused.
As cold winds blew, old and young, men and women started gathering at India Gate at around 5:00 pm and the numbers grew in large within an hour and they carried on with the campaign for hours. The protesters held candles and shouted slogans demanding stringent punishment for the perpetrators.
The outrage among the protesters was so intense that one group of over 200 people broke away from the demonstration at the War memorial and started marching towards the high security zone in Raisina Hills where Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister's Office(PMO), Home, Defence, External Affairs and Finance are located, taking police by surprise.
The agitated group managed to reach near South Block where they demanded they be allowed to meet Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde or Home Secretary R K Singh.
Police immediately swung into action barricading Raisina Hills. A large number of policemen were also rushed to the spot.
Outraged people condemning the gang-rape on the girl student in a moving bus on Sunday night also staged protests in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai among other cities.
Demanding stern action against the six accused, scores of protesters associated with All India Students' Association (AISA), All India Democratic Womens' Association (AIDWA) and other organisations staged protest in front of the residence of Sheila Dikshit and Police Headquarters.
"My body my right my city my right," was an inscription in one of the scores of placards carried by the protesters. "We want equal rights for women," said another placard.
BJP's Delhi unit also staged protests at Jantar Mantar.
Slew of measures announced, DHC to monitor probe
A rising tide of outrage over the brutal gang-rape of a young paramedical student today led to announcement of a raft of measures including increased police patrolling and five fast track courts to deal with such cases and the Delhi High Court to step in and monitor the probe.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the assault against the girl in a moving bus here on Sunday night as "very upsetting" even as a fifth person--Akshay Thakur-- was detained in Bihar in the case and being brought to Delhi and police hot on the trail of a sixth person Raju, a helper.
The 23-year-old girl, who was also tortured, underwent a fifth surgery and "continues to be critical but stable", doctors attending on her at Safdarjung hospital said.
Doctors performed an elective abdominal surgery --gastronomy and duodenustromy -- had to remove her gangrenous small intestine. They said she has lost most of her intestine and remains on "ventilatory support."
Delhi Police invoked more stringent charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the six accused.
Taking suo motu cognisance of the dastardly crime, the Delhi High Court decided to monitor its investigation by directing police to carry a "high standard" probe and file the chargesheet only after the court's perusal.
"Nobody is safe," the court said, as it pulled up the police, noting such incidents repeatedly happen in the city.
Asking Delhi police how the bus, having tinted glasses, kept plying on busy roads for 40 minutes and the sexual assault remained undetected, a bench headed by Chief Justice D Murugesan directed Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to file a status report within two days giving all details.
As the shocking crime continued to engage the attention of Parliament, Government announced increased police patrolling, immediate crackdown on vehicles having tinted glass besides impounding of buses and autorickshaws being plied by unverified drivers.
All commercial vehicles, including buses, will be asked to keep their lights on during night while plying in Delhi, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said.
The Registrar General of the High Court communicated to Delhi Government its acceptance of the recommendation to immediately make functional five fast track courts to deal with cases of sexual assault against women, officials said.