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Indian PM appeals for calm after gang rape, vows to protect women

Published on Dec 24, 2012 12:10 PM
Indian demonstrators attempt to stop a police car during a protest in front of the India Gate monument in New Delhi on Dec 23. The protestors want better safety for women following the gang rape of a student last week. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has urged calm and vowed to protect women as police on Monday struggled to quell increasing outrage over sex crimes following the gang rape of a student.

"There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at this ghastly incident," Dr Singh said in a statement issued on Sunday as he appealed for "peace and calm" after demonstrations in the wake of the attack in New Delhi.

"I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety to all women in this country."

The police control room in New Delhi on Monday said more than 100 people, including 60 policemen, were injured in street protests on Sunday, and all the routes leading to landmark government buildings have been cordoned off.

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