'Criminals Should Be Punished'
Men and women have been filling India's streets for weeks, demanding that government officials and police take rape more seriously. Last month, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang raped on a private bus. The unnamed woman later died of injuries sustained during the attack. As Reuters reported:
"I'm going to stand here until the government actually decides to give women some safety," one young woman told journalists. Other protesters brandished placards that read "First of January is a black day."
The attack revealed deep fissures in Indian society, where staunchly chauvinist views clash with a fast-modernizing urban culture in which women play a growing role in public life.
The case also cast a spotlight on an epidemic of violence against women in India, where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes. Media coverage of such crimes has intensified in the wake of the outcry over the Delhi attack.
Below, images from around the country.
Women hold placards as they march during a rally organized by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit protesting for justice and security for women, in New Delhi. The ashes of the Indian student who died after being gang-raped were scattered in the Ganges river on Tuesday as reports of more attacks stoked a growing national debate on violence against women. The death of the 23-year-old woman, who has not been named, prompted street protests across India, international outrage and promises from the government of tougher punishments for offenders. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
Police detain a demonstrator during a protest in New Delhi. (Danish Siddiqu/Reuters)
A demonstrator lies beneath a bus, carrying her fellow protesters after they were detained by police, to stop it from moving in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi. (Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters)
Unidentified women console the wife (C) of Subhash Tomar, a policeman, during his funeral in New Delhi. Tomar on Tuesday died in a hospital after he was injured during a protest over a gang rape in New Delhi, local media reported. Indian authorities throttled movement in the heart of the capital on Monday, shutting roads and railway stations in a bid to restore law and order after police fought pitched battles with protesters enraged by the gang rape of a young woman. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)
Schoolgirls pray to pay homage to a rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. (Amit Dave/Reuters)