Protests in New Delhi over rape in bus
Hundreds take to the streets even as capital readies for India-Asean summit
NEW DELHI - New Delhi has erupted with fury over the rape of a 23-year-old paramedic even as police questioned four of the alleged perpetrators, including a bus driver called "Mental" by his friends.
Police had to use water cannon to control crowds who protested on the streets and in front of the house of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as the capital prepared to host the India-Asean Summit, much to the embarrassment of the federal government.
Opposition parties joined in the protests while Congress leader Sonia Gandhi wrote to federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take action, saying it was a "shame for us who are responsible for the security of our cities that a young woman can be raped in a moving bus in the capital of the country and flung on to the street".
Four men have been arrested, including bus driver Ram Singh, 30. Two of them confessed in court yesterday to beating up the girl's male friend but denied raping her.