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India orders special inquiry into gang-rape of student

Published on Dec 26, 2012 7:18 PM
Indian demonstrators burn an effigy representing rapists during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital, in New Delhi on Dec 26, 2012. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence --PHOTO: AFP

DELHI (AFP) - India's government ordered a special inquiry on Wednesday into the gang-rape of a student which sparked mass protests, as police announced the arrest of 10 men over another multiple sex assault.

While a wave of angry protests over the December 16 assault on the student in New Delhi subsided, news of a Christmas Eve gang-rape in rural Tamil Nadu again shone the spotlight on the frightening levels of violence against women.

The victim of the attack in New Delhi is still fighting for her life while an officer who was admitted to hospital while policing the protests died on Tuesday.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who is also the government's top spokesman, said a retired judge, Usha Mehra, had agreed to head a commission of inquiry.

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