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Rape stir: Girls allege manhandling by cops

Posted on Dec 26, 10:05AM | IBNS

A group of 16 girls, between the ages of 18 and 25, have alleged that they were detained at a police station in New Delhi for four hours and even manhandled for taking part in a public protest.

The girls said they were among the crowd of about 300 people who gathered at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday to protest the gangrape of a woman on a moving bus in the city last week, NDTV reported.

Police officials manhandled them at Jantar Mantar and beat them up after they were taken to the nearby Parliament Street police station, the girls reportedly said, adding that their parents were able to take them home only around 6:30 pm.

Protests had flared across India last week after the 23-year-old medical student was brutally assaulted and raped by six men on a moving bus in New Delhi and then thrown off along with her male friend on the night of Nov 16.

The victim, currently being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital, is battling for her life while a police constable who was injured in the scuffle when a protest at India Gate in New Delhi turned violent, died on Tuesday.