Protest reaches Rashtrapati Bhavan

Women students, activists and students from Jawaharlal Nehru University staged a demonstration outside Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday demanding speedy justice for the 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who is admitted at Safdarjung Hospital.

Similar protests have been taking place since Tuesday across the city.
Apart from shouting slogans, protesters flashed placards which read “my body, my right”, “rape is ape: have you evolved?”, “dress is not yes” and “rape is only crime where victim becomes accused”.

“Police aren’t allowing us to go inside as we don’t have the permission. But when we are harassed, attacked and raped nobody takes our permission,” said a woman student from JNU. “Politicians get away with anything. Many of them have criminal background, so why are they still politicians?”

Heavy policing was seen at the North Block which has many ministries including the Prime Ministers’ office. The protesters later marched towards India Gate. Delhi University’s students and teachers also marched through the campus showing solidarity to the victim.

Students and activists have been staging demonstrations demanding changes in law to curb crime against women.

On Wednesday, students were lathicharged and water cannons were used on them when they tried to jump the barricades to enter the house of the chief minister.

Many candlelight vigils have taken place at India Gate and outside Safdarjung Hospital.

Delhi Police arrested the fifth accused on Thursday. They have invoked charges of attempt to murder and destruction of evidence against the accused.

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