The dawn of Wednesday witnessed massive protests across the Capital against the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus here on Sunday night.
Hundreds of people carried out marches to India Gate and gathered near the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the police headquarters, demanding tougher laws, policing and punishments to curb such incidents.
The BJP staged protests at Jantar Mantar demanding a judicial commission to look into law and order situation in the Capital.
The All-India Democratic Women’s Association, All-India Students’ Association and other organisations protested outside the Chief Minister’s residence.
The situation got so tense that Delhi Police had to use water cannons to disperse the crowd.
Taking cognizance of the protests, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, “It (the gangrape) is a heinous crime. It is very upsetting”.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde made a statement in both Houses of Parliament that effective steps would be taken to improve security situation in the Capital.
To start with, the number of PCR vans for police patrolling will be increased.
Photo identity and mobile number of drivers would be prominently displayed on the bus along with helpline numbers, he said.
Meanwhile, the victim underwent her second surgery and “continues to be critical but stable”, doctors attending on her said.
A team of eight doctors led by the chief surgeon of Safdarjung Hospital removed her badly-damaged intestines.
A hospital official told Express that she was fighting with good spirits.
She also gave her statement to the police before the two-hour surgery.