Protests Rage In India Over Delhi Gang-Rape [PHOTOS]

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on December 23 2012 5:24 AM
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    Demonstrators run as they are chased away by police during a protest rally near the presidential palace in New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Police try to block demonstrators near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators are hit by police water cannon as they shout slogans near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Policemen wield their batons against a demonstrator near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators are hit by police water cannons near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators run for cover after police fired tear gas to disperse them near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators shout slogans near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    A policeman wields his baton against a demonstrator near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators are hit by a police water cannon near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators are hit by a police water cannon near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22, 2012 REUTERS
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    Women participate in a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with a rape victim at India Gate in New Delhi Dec. 21, 2012 REUTERS
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    Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest rally organized by various women's organizations in New Delhi Dec. 21, 2012 REUTERS
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Police in India's capital resorted to water cannons and batons for the second day Sunday to break up demonstrations by hundreds protesting the gang-rape and brutal assault of a 23-year-old student on a  bus Dec. 16.

Earlier, bowing to public pressure, the government lifted Section 144, which represses protests, imposed at the India Gate and let protesters assemble peacefully. But a breach of police barricades by protesters led to clashes. The protesters, mainly college students, are demanding the death penalty for the accused and assurances from the government ensuring safety of women.

The victim continues to battle for her life in hospital after she was beaten and raped by several men for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus on a busy New Delhi street, in a crime that shocked and outraged the nation. A male friend — a 28-year-old software engineer — who was with the woman at the time of the assault was also beaten.

Six suspects have been taken into custody so far.

Demonstrations continued Sunday, despite Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's promise to consider the protesters' demand for death penalties for all six suspects. He has also promised steps to ensure better safety of women.

Early Sunday morning, a number of protesters were removed from Raisina Hill, an area in New Delhi housing India's most important government buildings, including the president’s official residence, Indian media reported.

Police also removed protesters outside ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi's residence in the wee hours Sunday.

Women protesters alleged that they were manhandled by male police even though women police were available on the scene, according to a Times of India report.

Marches, demonstrations and candlelight vigils have spread across Indian cities, with hundreds of women and girls in the northeastern state of Assam holding a protest in the city of Guwahati Friday, carrying placards and shouting slogans: "Hang Rapists" and "Stop Violence Against Women.”

A silent march was also organized in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Saturday.

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