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India: Protests for women's safety rattle Delhi (PHOTOS)
Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Protesters in India's capital, New Delhi, continued to call for improvements to women's safety on Thursday, in the aftermath of a brutal gang rape.

The 23-year-old woman, whose assault on Dec. 16 sparked the protests, was flown to Singapore for further medical treatment. The Associated Press reported that she died in the hospital in Singapore early on Saturday morning.

GlobalPost's India correspondent Jason Overdorf reported that the Indian government's crackdown has only fueled public anger and concern over women's safety.

"Protests against the decay of law and order and the callous treatment of victims of harassment and sexual assault continued this week in New Delhi, and across India," Overdorf wrote.

And though the protesters are now fewer in number, and have ceded contentious symbols such as India Gate and the house of the president to the police following a hamfisted crackdown over the weekend, the anger has not dissipated.

India is now considering a fast-track court process which would expedite rape cases and increase the punishment for sexual violence.

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Indian students and activists carry candles at India Gate during a protest following the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on December 19, 2012. Indian police December 17 arrested the driver of a bus a day after a student was gang-raped and thrown out of the vehicle, reports said, in an attack that has sparked fresh concern for women's safety in New Delhi. The attack sparked new calls for greater security for women in New Delhi, which registered 568 rapes in 2011 compared with 218 in India's financial capital Mumbai the same year.

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Indian activists belonging to various rights organizations 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.

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Indian demonstrators march towards India Gate during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front of the Government Secretariat and Presidential Palace in New Delhi on December 22, 2012. Indian police on December 22 baton-charged, tear-gassed and fired water canons at demonstrators who were demanding better safety for women following the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend. Thousands of protesters, who rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the Indian capital and surged toward the president's palace, were calling for stepped-up security for women across the country.

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An Indian demonstrator (C) taunts the police during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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A protestor begs for mercy as Delhi police lathi charge during a protest against the Indian governments reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. The gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, in Delhi, has led to people to react openly against the governments current rape laws. Over a thousand protesters gathered in front of Delhi to protest against lax laws and the governments handling of recent rape cases all over India.

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A protestors chants slogans as she braces herself against the spray fired from Police water canons during a protest against the Indian governments reaction to recent rape incidents in India, in front of India Gate on December 23, 2012 in New Delhi, India. The gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, in Delhi, has led to people to react openly against the governments current rape laws. Over a thousand protesters gathered in front of Delhi to protest against lax laws and the governments handling of recent rape cases all over India.

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Indian demonstrators walk with placards during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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Indian demonstrators set fire to wooden barricades during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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Indian police unleash water cannons on demonstrators during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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Indian police try to grab a demonstrator near burning barricades during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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Indian demonstrators are hit by water cannon during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

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Indian police walk past tear gas as they try to clear demonstrators during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian demonstrators are hit by water cannon during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate monument in New Delhi on December 23, 2012. In the biggest protest so far, several thousand college students rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the capital where they were baton-charged, water cannoned and tear gassed by the police.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian riot police look on as they keep watch along a sealed-off road leading towards the landmark India Gate monument following weekend clashes between demonstrators and police in New Delhi on December 24, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm and vowed to protect women as police struggled to quell increasing outrage over sex crimes following the gang-rape of a student.

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Indian demonstrators hold placards as they shout anti-government slogans during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in New Delhi on December 24, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm and vowed to protect women as police struggled to quell increasing outrage over sex crime following the gage-rape of student.

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Indian policewomen in riot gear stand watch at Jantar Mantar following following weekend clashes between demonstrators and police in New Delhi on December 24, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed for calm and vowed to protect women as police struggled to quell increasing outrage over sex crimes following the gang-rape of a student.

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Indian Christian devotees are joined by Sikhs as they light candles while gathering to pray during Christmas celebrations at The Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi on December 25, 2012. Despite Christians forming a little over two percent of the billion plus population in India, with Hindus comprising the majority, Christmas is celebrated with much fanfare and zeal throughout the country.

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Relatives of Indian policeman Subash Tomar mourn during his funeral in New Delhi on December 25, 2012. Tomar, a 47-year-old constable Indian policeman who was injured in clashes during a protest over a gang-rape in New Delhi has died. Tomar, a 47-year-old constable deployed at the India Gate monument on December 23 to control the protests, was beaten up by a mob and rushed to hospital by the police.

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Demonstrators burn an effigy representing rapists during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital, in New Delhi on December 26, 2012. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

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Kashmiri Sikh students shout slogans and hold placards as they take part in a protest in Srinagar on December 27, 2012, following the rape of a student in the Indian capital on December 16. An Indian student who was left fighting for her life after being brutally gang raped on a bus in New Delhi arrived December 27 in Singapore for treatment at a leading hospital. The attack sparked a wave of protests across India in which a policeman died and more than 100 police and protestors were injured.

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Indian policewomen stand alert behind a barricade during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital, in New Delhi on December 27, 2012. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

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Indian demonstrators shout slogans and wave placards as they move towards India Gate in New Delhi on December 27, 2012, during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian demonstrators shout slogans as they move towards India Gate in New Delhi on December 27, 2012, during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian demonstrators shout slogans and wave placards as they move towards India Gate in New Delhi on December 27, 2012, during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian police officials stand behind a barrier as demonstrators move towards India Gate in New Delhi on December 27, 2012, during a protest calling for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

(SAJJAD HUSSAIN - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian members of NGO 'Aastha' hold placards as they march during a protest in Mumbai on December 27, 2012, for better safety for women following the rape of a student in the Indian capital. Protests across India over the last week against sex crimes have denounced the police and government, with the largest in New Delhi at the weekend prompting officers to cordon off areas around government buildings. One policeman was killed and more than 100 people injured in the violence.

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