Irate protestors continued to seethe over the gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in New Delhi, accusing the Central Government of raping the emotions of the country
Hordes of people were seen protesting at the India Gate on Sunday, raising anti-government slogans and holding placards that demanded justice and respect for women
Venting their ire against the Delhi Police, protestors expressed dismay over the latter baton charging them viciously as if they were militants.
"Police officials are beating us and women alike as if we are militants. We have been beaten up like this. They are beating children. Five policemen are after a single girl, beating them viciously. Are we militants?" said Ravi, a protestor.
Women protesters were seen lying under the police vehicle, shouting for women safety and security.
Police also dragged women and other protestors into police vehicle for violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
"It is not the correct way as how police are trying to stop the public and women, the government should not behave like this, if a girl has suffered and has been a victim of gang rape, then the culprits should be executed. Yesterday, Sushil Kumar Shinde says that it is the duty of police to think, Sheila Dikshit has brushed aside her responsibility and shifted it to the Delhi Police by saying that the police don't come under her jurisdiction. They are playing the blame game, and by doing so, the government is raping the emotions of the country," said Neha, a protestor.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi met some of the protesters here this morning at the latter's 10 Janpath residence.
Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh, who was also present during the meeting, said: "The student group wants a time-bound closure of the case and strict punishment for the culprits," Singh said.
"The group discussed about security of women in New Delhi and also gave 12-13 suggestions. Their demand was that stringent punishment should not be limited to be rape alone and the victim should not be forced to give proof of rape. They want the onus on the accused," he said.
"We have assured them that the government will approach the court to fast-track the case and consider it as a rarest of rare incidents," he added.