Over the weekend, Delhi’s India Gate area turned into a battleground as the initially peaceful movement demanding harsher laws against rape, turned violent.
Last Published: Mon, Dec 24 2012. 05 06 PM IST
Police clash with protestors during the demonstration at India Gate against the gang rape of a 23-year-old student last week. The India Gate area turned into a war-zone as the peaceful protest turned violent. Ramesh Pathania/Mint.
At least 143 people, including 78 policemen and a few media personnel were injured. The crowds at India Gate went from singing songs, shouting slogans and enacting nukkad-nataks to pelting stones. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
On Sunday morning Section 144 of the IPC was imposed around central Delhi. Police herded people into buses to be driven off to distant locations. Here a young girl tries to stop a police bus from taking off. Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters
Personnel from the Rapid Action Force lobbed around 150 teargas shells to disperse the protesters on Sunday. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Thick smoke from tear-gas filled the air, forcing the protestors to run helter-skelter. Even media personnel were not spared the wrath of the police. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Police also unleashed water cannons on the protestors both on Saturday and Sunday. Here abandoned foootwear points to the hasty retreat of the protestors who were however back soon. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint
What began as a peaceful protest on Saturday, snowballed into a violent confrontation leaving several protestors injured. Angry protestors shouted slogans like, “Sarkar humse darti hai, police ko aage karti hai”. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint
Incensed by police action, some protestors throw stones. Police sources claimed the largely peaceful protests had been infiltrated by miscreants on Saturday. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint
A woman confronts police personnel after she was beaten up during the lathi charge. Government figures show that the number of rapes in Delhi have risen 17% to 661 this year. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint
The beginning of the protests was largely peaceful. Here, three boys, sit in front of Rashtrapati Bhavan, mimicing Gandhi’s three monkeys, asking people not to tolerate (see, hear and speak) violence against women. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint
A woman holds up an anti-rape placard in front of oblivious policemen during the protests at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Government figures show a woman is now raped in the country every 20 minutes. Pooja Chaturvedi/Mint