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Fury, anguish after hours-long gang-rape in India

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An Indian protester argues with a police officer outside the Delhi Police headquarters as they block a main road during a protest in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 19. The hours-long gang-rape and near fatal beating of a 23-year-old physical therapy student in a bus in New Delhi triggered outrage and anger across the country Wednesday as Indians demanded action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women.

Tempers flared on Wednesday as Indians demanded authorities take action to stop violence against women, according to The Associated Press. In the latest case, a 23-year-old physical therapy student was gang-raped for hours and nearly beaten to death on a bus.  Agence France-Presse reports,

Indian police arrested the driver of a bus a day after a student was gang-raped and thrown out of the vehicle, reports said, in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for women's safety in New Delhi on Dec. 17. The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared with 218 in India's financial capital Mumbai the same year.

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Indian students and activists carry placards at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on Dec. 19.

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Indian people shout slogans as they stage a rally near India Gate to demand capital punishment for rapists during a candle light vigil in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 19.

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Indian students and activists carry candles at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on Dec. 19. Indian police on Dec. 17 arrested the driver of a bus a day after a student was gang-raped and thrown out of the vehicle, reports said, in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for women's safety in New Delhi. The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared with 218 in India's financial capital Mumbai the same year.

Protesters in India are calling for the execution of several men accused of raping a young woman on a moving bus. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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