Crowds in India Protest Gang-Rape, Encounter Police Violence

The Indian government moved on Sunday to stamp out protests that have swelled in New Delhi since the gang rape of a young woman, banning gatherings of more than five people, but still thousands poured into the heart of the capital to vent their anger, Reuters reported. Police in riot gear used tear gas and batons to hold crowds back from marching on the presidential palace, just as they did the day before in clashes that media reports said injured more than two-dozen protesters. Doctors said the 23-year-old victim of last week's attack, who was beaten, raped for almost an hour and thrown out of a moving bus in New Delhi, was still in critical condition on respiratory support but responding to treatment. New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India's major cities. Most sexual assaults, however, go unreported and unremarked—yet the brutality of last week's attack triggered the biggest protests in the capital since mid-2011 demonstrations against government corruption.

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