So force women to stay inside instead of letting them protect themselves with…….
As protests grew in India Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, police said her attackers would be charged with murder.
The charges came as government officials appealed for calm in the streets after the woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, died early Saturday in a Singapore hospital. In a statement, Dr. Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said the woman died “peacefully.”
Indian police said Saturday that if convicted, the men could face the death penalty for the attack, which has served as a reminder of the dangerous conditions women face in India.
The woman, whose intestines were removed because of injuries caused by a metal rod used during the rape, has not been identified. She was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night after undergoing three abdominal operations at a local hospital. She had also suffered a major brain injury, cardiac arrest and infections of the lungs and abdomen. “She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds, but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome,” Dr. Loh’s statement said.
Protesters gathered in New Delhi at Jantar Mantar, a popular site for demonstrations. By noon, the crowd had swelled to several hundred, most of them young men.
“We appeal to the people that they maintain peace,” Satyendra Garg, a joint commissioner of the police, said in a televised interview. “We want the situation in Delhi to normalize as soon as possible,” he said. Until then, he added, Delhi commuters will have to plan their travel carefully and be aware of the restrictions.
Upamanyu Raju, 21, a student at Delhi University, said he has been attending protests since a day after the rape victim was admitted to the hospital because of the “utter atrocity of what happened.” Mr. Raju said he has given his younger sister pepper spray and a Swiss Army knife, but he worries that won’t protect her. “It’s wrong to stop girls from going out” of the house, he said, but there’s little choice because the city is so unsafe for women.
Pepper spray and a swiss army knife….
Yup, that will work