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Delhi gangrape protests: Reactions, developments, updates

  • Curfew at Vijay Chowk

    It's the morning after the police crackdown on the anti-rape protesters at India Gate. The government has apologised for it, but says that it cannot allow protests at India Gate. Adamant protesters, however, have said that they will be back. Read more on that here.

    As a precautionary measure, nine metro stations around India Gate, namely Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Khan Market, Race Course, Rajiv Chowk and Barakhamba will be shut today.
  • Media vans removed from India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan

    All media vans have been removed from the two locations and the policemen have told the media that they could not assemble there as Section 144 was in place. All the roads leading to India Gate have also been heavily barricaded.
  • PM to address nation at 12 pm

    Reports say that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could address the nation at 12 pm today over Delhi gangrape and protests. Statement on Twitter evidently didn't work!
  • Shinde vows action in one-month

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says panel solution to the Delhi gangrape case will be given in one-month. He also said that senior police officials are also coming under suspension. He said that there was no need of special Parliament session, however, government will not stay 'silent' on the issue.

    Demonstrating what the government has done after the gangrape incident, Shinde said, "All four accused were arrested the morning after the incident. We announced we will take it to fast-tracks, also announced stricter laws will be followed. We also announced a panel yesterday including eminent people to solve within one month. We will inquire and book them. We will not leave it like that. Panel solution will be given in one-month."

    "You will see what we will do and you will realise what we have managed to do."

    He also said that force was used to stop protesters from entering press house. "The Delhi protesters were throwing stones at police and were damaging public property at India Gate during yesterday's protest."
  • Tomorrow 100 Adivasis will be killed, can the government go there, asks Shinde

    However, Shinde refused to apologise for the police action. He said, "I feel bad, why you want particular word on that?"

    When asked why he has not met the protesters, he said, "Tomorrow Maoists may demonstrate I cannot go and meet them. Tomorrow 100 adivasis will be killed, can the government go there? "

    Shinde said he had met protesters in his house, and that should have satisfied them. Replying to Rajdeep Sardesai, Shinde said, "Mr Sardesai it is easy to talk in this way, you can say that HM should go to India Gate. But can he?"

    "In country in many places rapes are happening, the government has taken note. On 4 January a meeting of Chief Secys and DGPs will happen. "
  • PM addresses nation, appeals for peace and calm

    The Prime Minister abruptly chose to address the nation and appealed for peace and calm among those protesting for justice for the girl who survived the Delhi gangrape.
  • Singh says that the anger over the incident is justified but violence isn't

    "We are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of a heinous crime In Delhi," Singh said.

    "There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at this ghastly incident. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said.

    "I feel deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm," the Prime Minister said.

    "I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety to all women in this country. I seek the cooperation of all sections of the society to help us in this endeavour and maintain peace," he said.
  • Is the protest more about misgovernance than the handling of this particular case

    Firstpost's Anant Rangaswami points out that in these protests, the political class seems clueless about the protests since they are genuine and aren't purely about this case. It's about a larger malaise affecting the nation's governance. He says:

    It’s just that politicians, so unused to listening to (or even acknowledging) the vox populi, the Delhi outrage against the horrific rape has caught the political classes flat-footed, without an answer.

    Make no mistake about the current manifestation of the peoples’ anger – this is not just about rape, as they simplistically, foolishly and dangerously view it.

    This is about the anger of people of India (non-voters included, which makes it so difficualt for the political classes to deal with it) about the way they have been taken for a ride decade after decade in state after state.


    Read more here
  • And just in case you didn't believe that the Prime Minister said 'Theek Hai' after his speech

    Watch closely at the end of the speech:

  • Protests taking place at Rajiv Chowk

    A group of protesters has gathered at Rajiv Chowk to continue seeking justice for the 23-year-old student and action to tackle crime against women.

    The protests are milder compared to yesterday, but there are multiple locations at the city where minor protests are being staged.
  • BJP attacks Prime Minister, says his words aren't enough

    The BJP has taken on the Prime Minister over his statement today and has said the government needs to go beyond making statements and take concrete steps.
  • BJP core group to meet to decide how to handle protests

    The BJP core group is meeting today to discuss what to do with regards to the protests in the city. According to an NDTV report, the party doesn't want to be seen as opportunistic.

    Firstpost's Danish Raza reports that the major protests in the national capital are centred at Jantar Mantar with around 200 protesters at the venue. There are small protests being held at other locations as well.
  • Delhi's Lt Gen Tejender Khanna returns from US

    Delhi's Lt Governor Tejender Khanna has cut short his US visit following a communication
    from the government and will today hold a meeting with top police brass to take "tough decisions" including possible suspension of certain officials responsible for security.

    Khanna, who returned to the city last night, has already given instructions to Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar in the wake of violent protests on Sunday at India Gate and Rajpath over the rape of a 23-year-old.

    Sources said Khanna, who was on a personal visit to the US cut short his stay following a communication from the Union Home Ministry in view of the volatile situation in the capital, and returned last night.

    A smiling Sushilkumar Shinde told NDTV that he had merely inquired about Khanna's location and the official had chosen to return.

    He held meetings with a number of women groups this morning and assured them all necessary steps to instill confidence among women, which had been shaken following last
    Sunday's brutal rape in a moving bus here, will be taken.

    Khanna has also invited for talks a number of student leaders who are involved in the ongoing protests.
  • Shinde to meet Chief Justice of Delhi HC

    Reports say Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will be meeting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to take up Delhi gangrape case on a fast track basis.
  • Here's an image of the student's protest at Jantar Mantar. Image: Danish Raza/ Firstpost

  • Health update: Victim critical, but stable

    After undergoing a small operation, the 23-year-old gang-rape victim's condition was today critical but stable as doctors continued to monitor her health. Doctors at the Safdarjung Hospital here said the girl is stable but critical and is sometimes on ventilator. She underwent a "small operation" yesterday after medical examination suggested fluid collection in her abdomen.

    The victim's platelet count has been fluctuating since Saturday and it stood at a low 19,000 during the last observation yesterday. Normal platelet count in a healthy individual is between 150,000 and 450,000 per micro-litre of blood.

    The doctors said sepsis, a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure, is one of their major concerns and noted that the bilirubin level of the victim has increased to 6.3.

    The paramedical student, who was gangraped last Sunday night in a moving bus here, was also administered another four bottles of platelet-rich plasma. The girl is also suffering from high fever, the doctors said. PTI
  • Kejriwal calls Shinde's comment on Delhi protests 'unfortunate'

    Social activist and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal called Shinde's statement irresponsible and unfortunate. "Very very irresponsible statement and shows the insensitivity of the government. Also very unfortunate that it is coming from the Home Minister of India."
  • Delhi HC to set up fast-track courts after winter vacation

    In a major step towards fast-tracking rape trials, the Delhi high court today said that the fast-track courts will be set up immediately after the winter vacation. The court also directed all lower court judges handling cases of sexual assault on women in the Capital to hold day-to-day hearings.
  • More students arrive at Jantar Mantar, seek fast track courts to handle crimes against women

    Firstpost's Danish Raza reports that around 100 students from the All India Students' Association have reached Jantar Mantar and they have three demands:

    1. Gender sensitive policing
    2. Special Parliament session
    3. Fast track courts
  • Ministry of Home Affairs officials say that trial in rape case to begin on 3 January

    CNN-IBN reports that the trial in the Delhi gangrape case will begin from 3 January and will be done on a day to day basis.

    In fact they say that all cases of crimes against women will be heard on a day to day basis.

    Why this couldn't have been decided earlier is something that no one's explaining though. Will it stop the protests? Lets wait and see.
  • Amitabh Bachchan declares protests a victory of the youth

    In a post on his Facebook page, the actor declared: "The students and the youth have won ... salutations to them all for waking up the system !!"

    Hear the full audio post here
  • Cop Subhash Tomar who was injured in Delhi Protests critical

    Subhash Tomar, the Delhi police constable posted at east Delhi's Karawal Nagar police station, who suffered injuries during the protests is critical now, say doctors.

    At least 143 people, including 78 policemen, were injured after a mass protest at India Gate in support of the 16 December gangrape victim turned violent on Sunday. Among the injured were four Indian Police Service officers - Joint Commissioner of Police Taj Hassan, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Tyagi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhola Shankar and Additional Commissioner of Police KC Dwivedi.
  • Update: "Demonstration was hijacked by anti-social elements," says Commissioner of Delhi Police, Neeraj Kumar.
  • Anti-social elements made the protest the violent, says Neeraj Kumar

    "We will arrest the anti-social elements who had hijacked the protest. We have the entire process, the progress of the demonstration, videographed. We will identify the trouble-makers and arrest them," Kumar tells CNN IBN editor Rajdeep Sardesai.
  • 'Police did not attack media, it was collateral damage'
    "The situation was not mishandled by us. If some of the media cameras were broken, that was collateral damage. When there is a police crackdown, such things happen. Also, it has to be seen whether the police broke media cameras or the anti-socials," says Kumar.
  • "I am not stepping down, there is no pressure on me," says Neeraj Kumar.
    Kumar, in a defiant attempt to defend his force, says that he was right in congratulating his force. "We cracked the case very quickly, we rounded up all the accused and I have rightly congratulated my men for their efforts. I have got many sms-es and messages saying good things about how we have handled the case," says Kumar.

    Kumar also went to accuse the media of 'fuelling the violence'.

    "The freedom to protest is always there. However, you cannot protest at a site where Section 144 has been imposed. You cannot protest at a place where preparations for 26 January is going on. You cannot protest at a place where the head of a foreign state is visiting the next day," he says, adding that criticising the police or the system will not make Delhi a safer place.

    "You can sack one police commissioner a day, but that will make the country safer. We have to sit down together and make efforts together," says Kumar.
  • "I don't apologise for the action the police took, it was necessary," says Kumar.

    At the end of a long interview with the CNN-IBN, Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar declared that his force did not intend to hurt any innocent, peaceful protester. "I apologise if any innocent was hurt in yesterday's action. But I don't apologise for the decisions the police took on the ground," he says.
  • Police clash with protesters again at Jantar Mantar

    Right after the commissioner defended his force, reports came in that the police had clashed with protesters again. However, no baton was used on them. Two protesters were detained and taken to the Parliament Street police station.
  • Constable injured during Sunday’s protest at India Gate dies

    A Delhi police constable, who was severely beaten up near India Gate by protesters on Sunday, passed away this morning. Subhash Chand, posted at Karawal Nagar police station, was deployed on Law and Order duty. Chand sustained serious injuries in the protests and was put on ventilator.
  • Delhi CM Sheila Dixit at constable Tomar's funeral

    Senior Congress leaders, minister Ajit Singh, minister of state RPN Singh and Delhi CM Sheila Dixit attends constable Tomar's funeral in Delhi. However, despite the huge crowd, the senior police officers and political leaders at the funeral, the deceased's family remains inconsolable. In fact, Tomar's son told CNN IBN that there's no point of these dignitaries turning up now after his father has died. "No one came to enquire about him when he was fighting for his life in the hospital," says Tomar's son.
  • Constable Subhash Tomar will be cremated with full police honours

    Constable Subhash Tomar will be cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi with full police honours. He is survived by his wife and three children. According to a CNN IBN report, Tomar's post-mortem revealed serious injuries to his neck, abdomen and head.

    Commissioner of Delhi Police Neeraj Kumar, who had defended police action on the protesters yesterday is seen giving a shoulder to Tomar's hearse.

    All Delhi Police personnel have decided to donate a day's salary to make sure that Tomar's family don't run into financial difficulties after his death. Tomar was the sole breadwinner in the family of five.

    Tomar hailed from Meerut, UP and came from a family of policemen. Several of his cousins too work for the police force.
  • 'Tomar did not yield to the crowds'

    According to a CNN IBN report, even when the mob was trying to break down police barricades and several officials took safe positions who escape the violent mob, Tomar did not step back and was grievously injured in the process.
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