Hundreds gather at India Gate to express solidarity with raped Delhi woman

New Delhi, Dec. 19 (ANI): Hundreds of people, mostly students and activists, gathered at India Gate here on Wednesday to take part in a candle light march to express solidarity with the victim who was gang raped in Delhi late on the night of December 16.

Students' organisations, including the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU), the All India Students' Association (AISA), the Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), besides several women rights organisations demonstrated at the India Gate from 5 p.m. onwards in protest against the crime.

"We are deeply concerned about the health and well-being of the survivor of this brutal rape. We express our solidarity with her and her family. We all unite in wishing her a speedy recovery and a life of dignity. We again demand the arrest of all culprits - two of whom are still absconding - and also demand speedy justice for her," said Shakeel Anjum, General Secretary, JNUSU.

Earlier today, police fired water cannons to disperse anti-rape protesters, mostly students, who were expressing their anger over the incident outside Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence.

Protesters shouted anti-government slogans as they camped outside Dikshit's house to raise the issue of safety of women in the national capital.

They carried placards and shouted 'down with Sheila Dikshit', and 'down with Delhi Police' as they tried to break through the barricades. However, police stopped the protesters by firing water cannons at them.

The medical student was gang-raped on Sunday night and was later thrown out of the moving vehicle in a semi-naked condition, is on ventilator support, battling for life. (ANI)