Hundreds participate in 'Women Dignity March' in Delhi

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 08:10 hrs

Hundreds of people marched here today to demand better rights and greater security for women.

The 'Women Dignity March' began from Pragati Maidan, close to India Gate, a little past 11 a.m., and went all the way to Rajghat.

At Rajghat, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who has condemned all incidents of violence and sexual assault against women and emphasized on the dire need to ensure their safety and security, led the protesters in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

Dikshit, who has locked horns with the Union Home Ministry and the Delhi Police following the rise in crimes against women in the national capital, said earlier last week that society should be united in fighting against such heinous crimes.

Dikshit had earlier said that her government has requested Delhi Police to deploy more PCR vans and to widely publicise police protocols and impart training to police personnel.

In a bid to check crimes against women in the national capital, the Delhi Government on Monday launched a round-the-clock helpline '181' for offering immediate help to women in distress.

The move comes after a 23 year-old physiotherapy student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted allegedly by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 night. She died from her injuries on December 29 at a Singapore hospital.

The attack prompted street protests across India, international outrage and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police will submit its chargesheet in the magistrate court in Saket on Thursday. The case will then be moved to the fast-track court.

Delhi Police had earlier invoked murder charges against the six men allegedly involved in the gang-rape. (ANI)

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