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Delhi gangrape: Students march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Dec 22, 2012 (PTI)
Indian activists belonging to various rights organisations hold placards while they stage a demonstration in Bangalore on December 21, 2012, condemning the recent gang rape in New Delhi. India's government, facing swelling protests over the gang-rape of a female student on a bus, has vowed to press for life sentences for her six attackers and promised stricter policing. AFP PHOTO

Hundreds of young students today marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan as protests demanding justice for the 23-year-old gangrape victim continued for the sixth day, with former Army Chief V K Singh joining the protesters at India Gate.

The youths gathered at India Gate this morning and marched through Rajpath towards Raisina Hills where Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister's Office and Home Ministry are located.

The young students broke security cordons erected on Rajpath and managed to reach near Raisina Hills where they were stopped.

Yesterday, the capital also saw protesters march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"You see this problem is because of systemic failure of governance. Police reforms have been lying in cold storage for the last so many years. Why haven't they done anything about it? Why do we have to hear such things from a police commissioner saying that he doesn't have man-power? It is shameful," Singh said.

"Why do you have to see the spectacle on television where Ministry of Home officials have to go out on the streets checking things? Isn't there a failure? This needs to be addressed. This failure comes because of political and bureaucratic apathy in this country," the former Army chief said.


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