New Delhi: A large number of women activists and students on Friday marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the gang-rape of a young girl in a moving bus and demand stringent action against rapists.
The protesters under the aegis of the All India Democratic Women’s Association, Young Women’s Christian Association and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, among others, started their march from Rajpath and as they reached Vijay Chowk, they went past the barricades erected at the entrance of Raisina Hills and moved towards Rashtrapati Bhavan and South and North Blocks.
Police stopped the protesters near the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Carrying placards and shouting slogans, the protesters demanded stringent punishment for rapists. Two days ago, in a similar protest, around 200 people had gathered near North Block. They dispersed only after home minister Sushilkumar Shinde agreed to meet a delegation of the JNUSU students.
Meanwhile, the fifth accused in the case has been arrested from Uttar Pradesh, police said on Friday. “The fifth accused has been arrested in the rape case. His age is being verified before giving details. If minor, we have to hold back his particulars as per law,” Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said on Twitter.
Sources said the fifth accused was arrested from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh even as there were reports that the sixth accused has been picked from Bareilly. However, police is yet to confirm it. On Thursday, one of the four accused in the case was “identified” by the victim’s friend during a test Identification parade at Tihar Jail.