Angry protests continued across the national capital on Thursday, over the gangrape of the 23-yr old student on a moving bus on Sunday.
Protesters, mostly students, organised demonstrations at various places, including Safdarjung Hospital, India Gate and All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Students from Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University and Indraprastha University along with common citizens organised protests in support of the victim. Amrish Ranjan Pandey of the National Student’s Union of India(NSUI) demanded a speedy trial with most severe punishment for the culprits.
“Justice for the victim must be ensured. If there is a fear of law, obviously such perverts will think 100 times before committing such a crime. We also wish to awaken the mindset of the people of Delhi to change their attitude towards women so that they are not treated as objects of violence in society,” Pandey said.
More students from Jawaharlal Nehru University poured in at the hospital in the evening holding candles and placards. Students alleged that government is not taking serious action against the offenders resulting in less conviction of such accused.
Meanwhile, the male friend of the rape victim identified one of the accused, Mukesh, in an identification parade held in Tihar jail on Thursday. Mukesh had agreed for Test Identification Parade(TIP) when he was produced in a Delhi Court on Wednesday. Other accused - Ram Singh, Pawan and Vinay had refused to undergo TIP. Police sources said Mukesh, a cleaner by profession, was driving the bus during the incident and is the younger brother of main accused Ram Singh.
“He immediately identified Mukesh out of other 11 men brought in front of him,” police sources said.
A police official said that the male friend of the victim had resisted when they started misbehaving with the couple, following which, they started beating him mercilessly with an iron rod and he suffered injuries on head, arms and legs.Delhi Police have so far arrested four persons in connection with the incident and arresting parties have been sent to Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.A Delhi police team which was in Aurangabad, Bihar to arrest the accused Akshay Thakur returned empty handed.