New Delhi: Scores of people on Thursday marched towards India Gate from south Delhi demanding better safety and security against the backdrop of the gang rape and brutal assault of a young girl in a moving bus 11 days ago.
Around 500 people, including girls, marched from Nizamuddin in south Delhi to India Gate but were stopped at the Zakir Hussain --Subramania Bharti Marg crossing, near
India Gate, leading to traffic blockade.
The protest march came amid prohibitory orders placed in and around India Gate after the violence during protests against the gangrape.
The protesters were demanding sacking of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, fast-tracking pending sexual assault cases, special session of Parliament for enacting strong laws against sexual offences and better security for women.

Delhi Police block march
Police announced that they will not be allowed to move ahead to India Gate due to prohibitory orders. They said if the protesters wished, they would ferry them in a bus to Jantar Mantar or Ramlila Maidan to continue their protest.
The gang rape of the 23-year-old girl has sparked outrage across the country and there have been demands for stringent punishment for the criminals.

The protesters also condemned the statement of President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee saying this proves his mentality.

"This proves the mentality of Mr Abhijit Mukherjee who has equated women with object. It is shameful and condemnable. It proves the mentality of those in Government," Kavita Krishnan of CPIML said at the protest site.

Meanwhile, protests were held at Jantar Mantar as well where activist and lawyer Shobha Aggarwal alleged that the police were trying to subvert the protest by stating that Constable Subash Tomar died due to violence.

"The doctors in the postmortem report have said that there were no external injuries on Tomar's body, but the internal injuries they are talking about like the breaking of rib cage bones all theses can happen due to cardiac massage given at the hospital just before death.

"The police are basically trying to subvert the movement," she alleged.

Muhammad Wasi a student, raised question over the absence of members from National Commission for Women in the protest.


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