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Mounting public fury at India gang rape

Mounting public fury at India gang rape

Updated 24 December 2012, 22:20 AEST

More than a week after the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman in the Indian capital New Delhi, public anger is still mounting.

At the weekend, student and women's group demonstrators were joined by thousands of ordinary citizens, defying a ban on public protests.

They were blocked from marching on the presidential palace by police, who fired teargas and water cannon and beat some of the protestors back with sticks. Dozens of people were arrested.

Last night Prime Minister Manmohan Singh begged for calm in the capital, but there have been further protests today, although road blocks have kept them contained.

In a country where it is estimated that a woman is raped every 20 minutes, why has this incident sparked such an outpouring of public fury?

Presenter: Corinne Podger

Speaker: Dr Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research, New Delhi

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