Protesters clash with police after gang rapes woman in India

DELHI, INDIA – It’s not a cricket match gone wrong.  It’s the Indian police charging at protesters.  What are these riots all about?  A woman was raped by a gang in a bus in Delhi, in Northern India.   This is the 630th rape case taking place in the city this year.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student left a movie theater with a 28-year-old male friend.  The couple was picked up by a gang driving an off-duty bus.  The guy was severely beaten and left unconscious.  All six members of the gang took turns in raping the woman.  Afterwards, she and her companion were thrown off the bus and left on the side of the road.  She suffered injuries and remains hospitalized in New Delhi.

All six of the alleged attackers have been arrested.  This horrendous case highlights the difficulties Indian women have to deal with on a daily basis.   Protesters say women have virtually no protection against sexual harassment and demand a better law enforcement.  But this time is different, they hope.    Maybe when the smoke of the tear gas dissipates, things might start to change.

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