Gang Rape Case Death: Security tightened in Delhi in anticipation of protests

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 04:40 hrs

The Central and Delhi Governments on Saturday issued orders for beefing up of security in key areas of the national capital, in anticipation of widespread protests over the death of the 23-year-old medical student, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a Delhi bus on the night of December 16.

As per latest reports, ten Metro stations - Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Race Course, Khan Market and Jorbagh - will remain closed, as the administration fears large scale protests.

The Delhi Police has announced that India Gate and its surrounding areas that comprise the capital's power centre would be out of bounds for the general public.

The girl, who was admitted to Singapore's well-known multi-organ transplant facility-Mount Elizabeth Hospital - earlier this week in an extremely critical condition, died at 4:45 a.m. Singapore time (2:15 a.m. IST). She was earlier treated at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.

The body of the victim will be flown to India by a special chartered aircraft this afternoon, announced Indian High Commissioner to Singapore T.C.A. Raghavan.

Reports say that JNU students will take out a silent march in protest over the gang-rape victim's death.

The Delhi Police has said that it will invoke murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang-rape and brutal assault of the girl.

A senior police official said as soon as they get the official report from the hospital, they will slap murder charges against the accused who were nabbed after the December 16 incident.

Police had initially booked the six men under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 365 (kidnapping or abducting), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 394 (hurting in committing robbery) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, expressions of sorrow, regret and condolences continue to flow in.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her condolences over the death of the Delhi gang rape victim.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet this morning: "Aren't we all responsible for her death? Can we all now do something so that half of humanity starts feeling safe amongst us?...Her death is a matter of shame and sorrow for all of us. Let's resolve that we will not let her death go in vain".

Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath appealed for calm, saying mindset of society needs change.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said it was a shameful moment for her, not just as the CM, but also as a citizen of the country.

The Singapore government also condoled the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim.

The girl had boarded the bus, thinking it to be a legitimate public carriage, from Munirka but was attacked and gang-raped even as her male friend accompanying her tried to protect her. He was also injured in the incident.

Police sources said they are planning to file the charge sheet in a court early next week. The arrested persons are driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Akshay Thakur, Pavan and Vinay. The sixth person apprehended claimed that he is a minor and police have sought the court's permission to get a bone check to ascertain his age. (ANI)

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