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Tear gas used to quell India gang-rape protests

 

Kevin Frayer / AP

Indian police fired tear gas at protesters during a violent demonstration Sunday near the India Gate in New Delhi, India. More than 2,000 demonstrators had gathered to protest the brutal beating and gang rape of a 23-year-old female student on a city bus last Sunday, an attack so violent and malicious that it has sparked days of protest across the country.

Most sexual assaults go unreported and unremarked, but the brutality of last week's attack triggered the biggest protests in the capital since mid-2011 demonstrations against corruption that rocked the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The protesters, predominantly college students but also housewives and even children, are demanding more steps from the authorities to ensure safety for women and some want the death penalty for the accused.

-- Reported by Reuters

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Protesters shield themselves as Indian police beat them with sticks during a violent demonstration near the India Gate against a gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 23.

Altaf Qadri / AP

An Indian police officer collapses on the ground after being hit by a stone thrown by protesters during a violent protest against a gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 23.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Demonstrators overturn a government vehicle in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi, Dec. 23.

Mansi Thapliyal / Reuters

Police officers wield their batons against a demonstrator near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Police try to stop demonstrators near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22.

Ahmad Masood / Reuters

Demonstrators are hit by police water cannons near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi, Dec. 22.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Demonstrators shout slogans as police use water cannons to disperse them near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi Dec. 22.

Anindito Mukherjee / EPA

A protestor falls as police use a water cannon to disperse protestors against a recent gang rape in New Delhi, Dec. 22.