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Dec 19, 2012 at 09:05am IST

Delhi gangrape: 'Angered' nation calls for justice; victim still critical

New Delhi: It has been over two days since a 23-year-old girl was gangraped, beaten and thrown of the bus. The police claim to have arrested four people. While the victim's health deteriorated on Tuesday night, shock and anger over the case and crime against women continued on the streets.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, activists and former police officers voiced out their anger over the case and gave suggestions like increasing police presence immediately, creating a citizen volunteer force and ensuring speedier justice in rape cases.

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"Increase police presence overnight, which means from tomorrow re-allocate over 600 PCR vans at vulnerable points at night and those PCR vans must be supported by citizen bodies and civil defence and a woman policeman. We created this kind of a citizen volunteer force, why have those good practices gone," former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi said.

BJP leader Smriti Irani said if severe action is not taken, there will come a day when women will just shoot the rapists in the head without worrying about the law. "I said that today in Parliament that we are giving soundbites, we are giving speeches but the reality is that those who want to do crime against women are looming large in Delhi without fear of the law. If the most severe punishment is not given to such heinous criminals there will come a day in India when a mother like me will shoot these rapists in the head without a care for what the law has to say for it," Smriti Irani.

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Actress Pooja Bedi demanded that the government ensures safety for all women across the country. She said, "What's the most shocking to me are the comments made in this debate. Somebody said why blame the politician. Hello! they govern us, that's why we blame them because it's ineffective governance that leads to these rising statistics. If the police are not doing their jobs, if the police have shoddy investigation of course it is for the government to pull them up It is for the governmnet to make the women of this country feel safe."

There were also protests with people gathering in huge numbers at several parts of Delhi. The students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University held protests and blocked the Ring Road during the day on Tuesday. There was also a candle-light vigil at India Gate on Tuesday evening. These protests are likely to continue for more days.

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Meanwhile, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the victim at Safdarjung hospital on Tuesday night. She also spoke to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and National Commission for Women Mamata Sharma, asking them to take all possible measures should be taken so that such incidents do not occur.

Referring to the incident, she said, "It is a shame for all of 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 the road, this crime needs urgent government attention."

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Medical bulletin of the victim:

Amidst the arrests and the investigation by the police in the shocking case, the health of the victim has deteriorated again. While her condition got better on Tuesday morning, she was again put on ventilator in the evening, according to the medical update from the Safdarjung hospital.

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The Safdarjung hospital has said that the condition of the victim has deteriorated. According to the hospital, while the condition of the victim got better on Tuesday morning, but had to be put on ventilator again in the evening.

The hospital further said, "This is a severe and a very unusual case which the hospital has never seen in terms of the injuries...she has received severe genital and intestinal injuries."

The hospital also did not rule out septicemia and gangrene, which is quite likely in cases like these.

(With Additional Inputs from PTI)

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