The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Police fire water cannon at Delhi gang-rape protest


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Riot police fired water cannon on Wednesday at a protest in New Delhi over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student, as leader of India's ruling party Sonia Gandhi swelled a wave of anger over the attack.

During the protest screened live on television, police could be seen hosing down demonstrators after a group of them tried to tear down steel barricades outside the official residence of New Delhi's Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Clashes erupted between protesters and police at the demonstration, one of a series being held in the capital following Sunday night's attack on a bus.

The victim, who was thrown off the vehicle after the attack, is in a critical condition in hospital. Her male companion was also seriously injured by the same group of attackers. Four people, including the bus driver, have so far been arrested, while a hunt is ongoing for two other suspects. Three of those arrested appeared in court on Wednesday and were remanded in custody.