Gang-rape horror: Protestors hit Delhi streets again, demand stronger laws
As the 23-year-old Delhi gang-rape survivor battles for life in a Singapore super-speciality hospital, scores of people marched towards the India Gate here on Thursday demanding more safety for women in the capital and a faster and more effective legal process for cases of sexual assault.
The protesters, mostly young students and women, also demanded that Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar be sacked, an estimated one lakh rape trials pending in the country be taken up by fast-track courts and special session of Parliament for enacting strong laws against sexual offences.
The protesters 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.
Police announced that they would not be allowed to move ahead to India Gate due to prohibitory orders.
Raising slogans of 'Halla Bol', the protestors' raised slogans against the Central Government and also demanded the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
Carrying posters, which read: 'Zero Tolerance For Violence Against Women' and 'Justice for Women', the protestors demanded that the concerned authorities should come up with stringent laws to ensure that the feminine gender moves around freely in the country without any fear.
The gang-rape victim, battling for life for the past 10 days at the Safdarjung Hospital here, was last night flown to Singapore in an air ambulance for specialised treatment in a premier hospital. She is presently being treated at the Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore.
Dr. Yatin Gupta, Head of the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the Safdarjung Hospital, and a team of four doctors along with the girl's parents are accompanying the girl.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a statement that the government, which is overseeing the gang-rape victim's treatment and paying the costs, had decided to send her abroad on the recommendation of the doctors who attended to her in a state-run hospital.
"We are all aware of the critical condition of victim. Since the day of the incident, it has been our endeavour to provide her the best of medical care. Despite the best efforts of our Doctors, the victim continues to be critical and her fluctuating health remains a big cause of concern to all of us," he added.
The girl has remained on ventilator support during most part of her treatment here since she was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on December 16 after she was gang-raped in a moving bus that night in South Delhi that sparked a nation-wide outrage.