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Protesters demand justice, better security in future

Protesters demand justice, better security in future
The capital witnessed several protests on Wednesday, including near the Delhi chief minister’s residence and the police headquarters, as  the 23-year-old victim of gang-rape fought for her life.

Police sprayed water to break up a protest by students outside CM’s house. The demonstrators said they were incensed over the horrific Sunday rape in a moving bus.  Another demonstration outside Delhi police headquarters ended peacefully after a group of women met police commissioner Neeraj Kumar.  About 150 women and college students who gathered outside police headquarters for nearly three hours demanded more police presence on roads and fast-track courts to prosecute rapists. These protesters belonged to more than 20 women’s groups and others. Their demonstration blocked traffic on an otherwise busy road.

‘We want Delhi police to follow a set of procedures and guidelines as conviction rates are very low when it comes to rape,’ said Sudha Sundararaman of the All India Democratic Women’s Association. ‘There is also an urgent need to set up fast-track courts to deal with rape cases,’ she said. ‘Such cases should be investigated and a judgment pronounced within six months.’

Some women demanded that police should step up patrolling in the city, especially at night. ‘Increased patrolling and deployment of police, including women, in public places so that such incidents can be prevented. We need standardised investigation procedures to be circulated to all police stations, with stern action against police personnel who do not implement them,’ said Sehba Farooqui, general secretary, Delhi AIDWA.

There were also protests outside Vasant Vihar police station, where the case has been registered and where students from JNU led the protests as well as Saket court where the accused were produced Wednesday.
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