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Dec 21, 2012 at 10:51pm IST

Anti-rape protests live: People demand capital punishment for culprits, ask govt to act

New Delhi: 7.08 pm: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Yogendra Yadav says steps to prevent such crime should have been taken much earlier. "Steps to stop such crime needs to be taken not just in Delhi, but all over the country...there is an immediate need of speedy trial in such cases," said Yadav.

7.00 pm: Women protesters at India Gate demand capital punishment for the crime. Speaking to CNN-IBN, one of the protesters said, "This is a heinous crime and the maximum punishment must be given for the same...capital punishment."

4.39 pm: Demanding stern punishment for the culprits of the Delhi gangrape, people from different walks of life, especially women and students, protested at different places across Uttarakhand.

4.00 pm: Prashant Bhushan says, "The reason why our political class doesn't push for better implementation of rape laws is because several of our MPs and MLAs themselves have similar charges against them."

3.57 pm: Lok Shakti party members to protest outside Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's house.

3.26 pm: Arvind Kejriwal says that it is about time the society introspects itself. "I think this case has shocked us all. The society as a whole needs to introspect."

3.21 pm: Kiran Bedi tweets, "Every woman has been a victim of indignity!They have gained strength in their unity!Good for all except 'criminal' political representatives."

3.10 pm: Lashing out at political parties, Arvind Kejrial said that no justice could be expected from them as they themselves gave tickets to criminals and many of them even had rape charges against them. "We need a strong law and sufficient number of courts", to tackle the menace, he added.

3.05 pm: Arvind Kejriwal says, "Rape is a political problem.. Punishment should be handed out within two months."

3.00 pm: Arvind Kejriwal reaches Jantar Mantar, to begin protest shortly.

2.36 pm: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde says, "We have taken strict measures... we will take more strict measures."

2.00 pm: Protest marches being held across the country. At Jantar Mantar, hundreds of protesters gather for Aam Aadmi Party's protest.

1.35 pm: Protesters' groups gather outside Safdarjung Hospital where the victim of the brutal gangrape is admitted.

1.31 pm: Left leader D Raja joins protests at India Gate. He says, "It's not the time to point fingers at one party. It is our collective responsibility to make women in our country safer and go for the culprits."

1.20 pm: Protesters chant 'We want justice'. The protesters number in hundreds.

1.19 pm: Protesters reach India Gate, block traffic on the roads.

The chorus for justice for the 23-year-old medical student who was raped and viciously attacked in a private chartered bus in the national capital is growing. For the fifth day in a row, protests spilled over on the streets, and on Friday, it reached the gates of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

A short while ago a group of 100 women protesters demonstrated outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan. They attempted to break the security cordon and enter the premises, chanting slogans against the lax law and order situation in the capital. Women constables had to be called in to rein in the protesters. The protesters were joined by some school students and even foreign nationals.

"The accused should be given harsh punishment. Such incidents should not be repeated in India ever again," said one woman protester. "We wanted immediate justice but nothing has been done yet. We want India to be a safe zone for women," said another.

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