Live: Meira Kumar backs rape protesters

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 14:48 hrs

8. 20 pm

Meira Kumar backs rape protesters

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has backed those protesting against the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on December 16.

Speaking to CNN IBN, she said the rage inside all the protesters is not a negative feeling.

"It is a rage which is meant to bring a change in the society," she said, adding that the current laws were insufficient and could be made stronger.

She also stressed on the importance of bringing a change in the mentality of the people.

"I am happy that young girls are out on the streets with candles in their hands at this time to spread light to the people," she said.

7. 30 pm

Shekhar Kapur praises 'fiery' Indian youth

Indian youth is a fiery political force of change, said filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, impressed with the way youngsters have been protesting to demand speedy justice for a Delhi gang-rape victim.

"Indian youth have proved they are not just demographic statistics in economic models. They are a potent and fiery political force of change," Kapur tweeted Sunday.

Thousands have been protesting in the national capital since Tuesday demanding justice for the 23-year-old who was gang-raped in a bus Dec 16.

7. 00 pm

Leadership should offer solutions: Kiran Bedi

It is time the police and political leadership provided "solutions, not suggestions" in the wake of protests against the gang-rape of a young woman, former police officer Kiran Bedi said Sunday.

The "political and administrative leadership" should also pacify the mass of young men and women protesting against the assault on the 23-year-old a week ago.

Bedi said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, Home Secretary R.K. Singh and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde should offer "solutions, not suggestions".

"The police commissioner, chief minister, home secretary and home minister collectively need to address (the protesters)," Bedi told a news channel.

"They need to come forward and give solutions in a time bound matter... but it is not happening, unfortunately."

Speaking on the lack of safety for women, Bedi said: "Crime against women is a national disease, it needs to be addressed nationally.

"There is not a woman in India, including me, who has not suffered harassment in her life," she said.

6. 45 pm

High court orders daily trial in sexual assault cases

Voicing concern over the gang-rape of a woman here, the Delhi High Court Sunday issued directions to additional sessions judges to have daily hearing in cases of sexual assault. Five fast track courts will also come up.

"The administrative committee of the Delhi High Court has resolved to direct additional sessions judges that cases of sexual assault on women will be tried on day-to-day basis from the date of commencement of the trial," the high court said.

The administrative committee headed by the chief justice has accepted a proposal of the government to establish five special fast track courts for dealing with cases of sexual assault on women and taken steps to establish such courts immediately after the winter vacation, it said.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Dec 19 had forwarded a proposal to set up five special fast track courts.

6. 30 pm

Paswan supports demand for stringent punishment to rapists

LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan today supported demand for stringent punishment to rapists but said no to capital punishment.

Describing rape as a crime worse than murder, Paswan told reporters here, he fully supported the demand for stringent punishment to the rapists in general and in the gangrape case of the 23 year-old Delhi girl in particular.

Paswan, however, opposed capital punishment to the accused in this specific case and in rape cases in general.

Over hundred countries have written to the UN demanding death sentence be scrapped, he said.

"I will welcome if the UPA government decides to convene a special session of parliament for framing of a law incorporating stringent provisions to punish those who commit rape," he said.

5. 50 pm

Ramdev, supporters head to India Gate to join protest

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev along with thousands of his supporters headed towards India Gate on Sunday to join the protest against Delhi gang rape incident.

Earlier today, thousands of his supporters arrived at Ramlila Maidan here from Dehradun, Haridwar and other places in more than 20 buses and proceeded to Jantar Mantar.

Police baton charged to disperse them from Jantar Mantar while they staged a protest there.

Baba Ramdev called the police action brutal and accused the authorities of being high handed.

"I condemn police brutality against the peaceful protestors. The government is defending the rapists. We demand the rapists be hanged and fast track courts to be set up for rape cases. Why is this government doing such injustice with protesters who are demanding justice," said Ramdev.

5. 35 pm

Sushma appeals protesters to maintain calm, calls Shinde to hold all-party meet 

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj appealed to protestors to keep calm.

She earlier called on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to hold an all-party meet.

5. 30 pm

Delhi protests turn violent, seats set on fire

TV channels quoting police sources say the cops have decided "enough is enough" and have called for end to the protests.

Earlier, NDTV reported that some unruly elements had started a fire at India Gate using the seats meant for spectators during Republic Day parade. They were also reported to have overturned a car near the site. 

5. 20 pm

Kejriwal's group protests against Delhi gang-rape outside Sonia's residence

Around 60-70 activists of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today held a protest before the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi demanding immediate hanging of the alleged rapists of a young girl in the capital.

The protesters marched to 10 Janpath - Mrs Gandhi's residence - from Jantar Mantar after a demonstration there and sat holding candles and shouting slogans against the government and demanding immediate action in the rape case.

Three protesters were allowed inside Mrs Gandhi's residence for a meeting with a Congress general secretary.  

5. 10 pm

Congress MP wants Delhi's top cop sacked

Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit today said that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde must sack Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.

4.30 pm:

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has called for a cabinet meeting at 5.30 pm as the protests against the gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student has brought the national capital to a halt.

The meeting will discuss the security of women in Delhi.

She is also expected to meet Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde at 7 pm.   

3.45 pm:

Two of the accused in the Delhi rape case have been produced in the court. Gang-rape accused Pawan and Vinay have said that they don't want to undergo a test identification parade according to NDTV. You can hang us, one of them reportedly said. The judge is recording their statement.

3.10 pm:

Police have once again started firing tear gas shells at protesters at India Gate. The protesters are now raising slogans against the police. Reports indicate some protesters threw stones at the police.

2.40 pm:

More reactions from twitter expressing support for the the rape protesters and the condemnation against the police action.

Lisa Ray ‏@Lisaraniray
Change is yours if you want it. #Youthpower #Delhigangrape

Vikram Chandra ‏@vikramchandra
All men should take a pledge today. They will intervene if they see a girl being teased or molested. #DelhiGangRape

Gul Panag ‏@GulPanag
Lathi charge. On women. Democracy at work.. #DelhiGangRape via @Imharry25

mandira bedi ‏@mandybedi
Meanwhile the anger and outrage is still sky high, as it should be. The voice of the youth is more powerful than ever before. #delhigangrape

2.25 pm:

A video journalist  has succumbed to bullet injuries in Imphal. The journalist suffered 2 bullet injuries through a police firing at a protest against the molestation of an actress.

2.15 pm:

The 6th accused in the Delhi gangrape case will remain in judicial custody till December 26th. He has agreed for a test identification parade. The parade will be held on December 26th.

The 4th accused in the case will be produced in the court later in the day.

1.40 pm:

Police fired water cannons and resorted to lathicharge against protesters at India Gate. The protesters were trying to break the barricade.

1.05 pm:

Police fire tear gas shells to disperse crowds at India Gate. The protesters have turned violent as they try marching towards the Rashtrapathi Bhawan. Reports indicate that the protesters were throwing shoes and traffic cones at the police.

12.20 pm:

The meeting between a section of the representatives from the anti-rape protests and Sonia Gandhi has ended. The representatives have said that Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul have assured harsh punishment for the accused.

Meanwhile the government has appealed for calm. RPN Singh said that the suggestions given by the representatives has been heard. He said that the gangrape case will be fast tracked.

12.01 pm:

Meanwhile the Delhi gangrape victim's health has worsened according to doctors. She is facing respiratory difficulties and may have to be put back on ventilator support.

11.54 am:

Sachin has retired from One Day format after playing 463 matches and scoring 18,426 runs.

Sachin has scored 49 centuries and 96 fifties in ODIs.

He is the highest run getter and the most capped player in the shorter version of the game.

11.45 am:

The BCCI has confirmed Sachin's retirement on Twitter.


Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from the one day format of the game #Cricket #News

11.28 am:

Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from One Day Cricket. He has made his announcement just as the selection for the India Pakistan series is set to take place today.

Sachin has said that he feels blessed to be a part of the World Cup winning squad. He has thanked his fans for their support.

'I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers,' said the legendary cricketer.

10.28 am:

Twitter has been abuzz with reactions on the rape protests and the subsequent police crackdown. Hash tags Vijay Chowk, Rashtrapthi Bhawan, India Gate are some of the top trends there.

Here are some of the latest tweets on the forcible evacuation of protesters:

Ramesh Srivats ‏@rameshsrivats

Vijay Chowk evacuated. Sec 144 imposed. Metro Stations shut. Notwen's Law - For every public reaction, govt has an equal & opposite action.

dilip cherian ‏@DILIPtheCHERIAN

Desi style crowd control? MT @JK7_: Media barred from their usual live and uplinking hub at Vijay Chowk. OB Vans being removed. Classy, GOI

Aakash Chopra ‏@cricketaakash

Disturbing scenes from Vijay Chowk in Delhi. Just saw policemen beating a young boy with sticks...poor kid was lying on the floor. :((

Albatrossinflight ‏@albatrossinfo

This is absolutely shameless! Male cops manhandling young girls in Vijay Chowk!! Is UPA2 trying 2 prove its worse than the bus rapists?!!!

10.15 am:

Three students who are a part of the anti rape protests are meeting Sonia Gandhi.

Meanwhile protesters are being evacuated from India Gate. The evacuation has lead to angry scenes between the protestors and police with many young men and women being forcibly taken away in buses against their will.

The police have said that the Ramlila Maiden is the place for the protesters to conduct their agitation and not the India Gate stretch.

10.05 am:

The Minister of State for Home RPN Singh is currently meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence.

9.35 am:

Egypt's draft charter gets 'yes' majority in vote

Egypt's disputed constitution has received a "yes" majority of more than 70 percent in the second and final round of voting on the referendum, according to preliminary results released early Sunday by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The results, posted on the Brotherhood's website, show that 71.4 percent of those who voted Saturday said "yes" after 95.5 percent of the ballots were counted. Only about eight of the 25 million Egyptians eligible to vote — a turnout of about 30 percent — cast their ballots.

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8.50 am:

There is heavy deployment of police in Delhi. The stretch leading upto India Gate has been cordoned off. People are prohibited from gathering in large numbers.

Protesters including Arvind Kejriwal and Baba Ramdev are expected to agitate today to demand justice for the 23 year old medical student who was gangraped brutally last Sunday.

8.10 am:

Rape protesters who had stayed back over night  at Vijay Chowk in Central Delhi were evacuated early this morning. Section 144 has been imposed on the city and this prohibits people from assembling in public places. According to reports 66 people have been taken to undisclosed locations.

Police had also picked up protesters from outside Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in the wee hours today.

​7:30 am:

Good morning!

With the dismal performance in the Test series versus England and a average series-leveling attempt in the T20 series that followed the Test, the Indian cricket team definitely needs some kind of overhaul.

Although no great surprises are expected, the BCCI will be announcing the team that will take on Pakistan from the 25th.

This series, although entering an already heavily packed schedule for the boys in blue, is of particular significance since it is essentially a move by the government of India and Pakistan to restart relations.

While Sachin is reportedly 'available' for the three match series, one hopes that some radical decisions are made.

The squads for three ODI's and two T20 matches are to be announced.

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