Delhi gang-rape protests: Prohibitory orders imposed, protesters evacuated

New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): A number of protesters who had put at Raisina Hill to protest the gang-rape of a young girl were evacuated early this morning.

The protesters, who spend a chilly night in the open after they fought pitched battle with police throughout the day yesterday, were taken into a bus by the police.

Police had also picked up protesters from outside Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence this morning.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC have been issued in New Delhi area except Jantar Mantar.

Seven metro stations near India Gate and Raisina Hill have already been closed from this morning till further orders. Last night, it was decided to close four stations-Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Race Course-but this morning it was extended to three more-Barakhamba, Mandi House and Khan Market.

Earlier, asserting that the Centre is shocked over the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said the government has appointed a judicial commission to review the security of women.

Shinde said all the six accused of the gang-rape have been arrested, and added that the government would request for a speedy trial in this case.

"The government is extremely concerned about the gang-rape case. All the accused have been arrested. Sufficient evidence has been gathered. The chargesheet well be filed shortly. The government is requesting the courts for a speedy trial through fast-track courts," Shinde told mediapersons here.

Taking about the government's initiative to ensure the safety of women in the national capital, Shinde said: "More public transport will be made available at night. Global Positioning Systems will be installed on buses."

The Home Minister last evening met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the latter's official 7, Race Course Road residence here to brief him about the prevailing situation in the national capital.

The Prime Minister has asked Shinde to ensure that there is sense of security among the people in the national capital. Dr. Singh has also asked Shinde to take all adequate steps to stop recurrence of rape events.

The 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who is being treated at the Safdarjung Hospital here, has given a 'fearless and bold' statement before a magistrate about the brutal assault on Sunday night.

The girl, who has been undergoing number of surgeries and medication since her admission, wants her tormentors to be swiftly brought to justice. (ANI)