New Delhi: Demanding justice for 23-year-old girl who was gang-raped in a moving bus on December 16 night in the national capital, the protesters have called for a Bharat Bandh on January 3.

Protesters have said that political leaders will not be allowed to take part in the Bharat Bandh if they came with flags or placards of their party.

The victim, a physiotherapy student, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16 night. She died on Saturday morning at Mt Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The body of the 23-year-old girl was cremated on Sunday morning.

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Earlier the Congress has decided to propose a tougher law to check crimes against women which could include a provision like chemical castration of perpetrators of rape in rare cases. Some of the provisions of this tougher law include imprisonment up to 30 years for rape convicts and setting up of fast track-courts to decide the cases within 3 months. The final draft of the Congress' bill will be submitted to the Justice JS Verma-led Committee, set up by the Centre in the wake of December 16 incident.

The BJP has also suggested maximum punishment to the accused in rape cases, either death penalty or chemical castration. "There should be maximum punishment to the rapists, death penalty or emasculation (chemical castration of the rapist)," senior BJP leader Venkiah Naidu said.

Meanwhile, two youth are still continuing their fast at Jantar Mantar, Rajesh Gangwar and Babu Singh are holding fast for the past ten and five days respectively. They have vowed to continue their hunger strike till the culprits of gang rape get death sentence and a strong law is framed to deal with crime against women.

Several exams postponed

According to Visvesvaraya Technological University, BE III and VII semester exams scheduled from January 3 to January 7 have been postponed in view of the Bharat Bandh.

Besides, the Constitution of India and Professional Ethics exams have been postponed and are likely to be held on January 21. The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) has also postponed two exams scheduled for January 3.

The Commerce exam (Kannada shorthand) has been postponed to Friday and the second year D.ed supplementary exam has been postponed and rescheduled for January 11.


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