Protest continues in Indian capital, traffic restrictions eased

Monday, December 31, 2012
Delhi police have eased the traffic restrictions near India Gate and Raisina
Hill in central Delhi's  area to contain protest  [Photo©] 
New Delhi: Students and women Monday continued to gather in the Indian capital, New Delhi to protest in rage at the gang rape of a young woman on a bus a fortnight ago, pressing the government to enact strict legislation against rape and other crimes. 

A day after the cremation of mortal remains of Delhi gang-rape victim, thousands of residents, number of clubs and pubs have cancelled their New Year celebrations to mourn the 23-year-old Para-medical student who died in a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries.

Traffic restrictions imposed near India Gate and Raisina Hill in the central Delhi’s area to contain protests over the gang-rape of the 23-year-old girl were eased on Monday.

Delhi police has charged all the six arrested accused (for the 16 December rape) with murder, if convicted, they face the death penalty.

Meanwhile, the victim's family has reportedly demanded death penalty for her killers.

Delhi Police eases traffic restrictions
Delhi Police have announced a ban on motor traffic in and around Connaught Place from 7 p.m. Monday on the occasion of New Year's Eve. Three Delhi Metro Stations - Rajiv Chowk, Barakhamba Road and Patel Chowk - will close at 7.30 p.m. Monday.

Commuters would not be allowed to enter or leave the three stations from that time due to security restrictions related to New Year celebrations, a metro official said.

Call for change in existing law and tuning people’s mind
The anger that has gripped the country following the incident resonated in the country’s capital large number of people joining the protest demanding “strictest punishment” to the accused.

A condolence meeting for the gang-rape victim is due to be held at the Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Monday.

Number of students and community groups who have been holding days of spontaneous protests in the capital have said they will gather to demand tougher laws to protect women in the country.

The incident has also snowballed debate about the women security and gender attitudes in India amid calls to change laws on violence against women.

The 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped Dec 16 in a moving bus here was cremated Sunday morning after her body was flown in from Singapore.
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