No holiday today, we will continue to fight, say anti-rape protesters

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  • Updated: Dec 25, 2012 12:59 IST
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    Clash between the Delhi police and the protesters, who were protesting against the gangrape of 23-year-old girl, at India Gate in New Delhi. Sanjeev Verma/HT

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    Protesters shield themselves as police beat them with sticks during a violent demonstration near India Gate against a gangrape of a student on a bus ...

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    A protestor screams against the tear gas shell lobbed at the protesters by police as violence erupted at India Gate, New Delhi. Vipin Kumar/ HT

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    People surround an injured demonstrator at India Gate during a protest that turned violent. Sanjeev Verma/ HT

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    A damaged car after the clash between agitated protesters and police at India Gate in New Delhi. Sanjeev Verma/ HT

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    Students shout slogans during the protest at Rajpath to demand justice for the gang rape victim. PTI Photo

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    A woman protester pelting stones at the police during a protest at India Gate in New Delhi. Sanjeev Verma/ HT

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    A protester clashes with the police at India Gate in New Delhi. Sanjeev Verma/HT

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    Demonstrators using a pole to chase away police during a protest at India Gate in New Delhi. Sanjeev Verma/ HT

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    Police arresting demonstrators during the protest for better safety for women following the rape of a student last week, in front the India Gate, New ...

Anti-rape protesters are all set for another day of agitations and rallies for women's safety. Heavy security can't deter them, they say. And despite Tuesday being Christmas, they are hoping hundreds will join them again in thier fight for justice to 23-year-old gangrape victim.

The woman continues to fight for her life in Safdarjung Hospital. her condition was reported to have deteriorated on Monday.

"She showed tendencies of internal bleeding at the drainage site inside the abdomen and there are signs of infection developing in the blood," said Dr BD Athani, medical superintendent at the hospital.

She was also running a fever fluctuating between 102 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

"The positive sign, however, is that her vital parameters were within acceptable limits. Her lungs and kidneys were working fine," said Dr MC Misra, chief, AIIMS Trauma Centre, who is assisting the team of Safdarjung doctors.

The girl was also assessed by a team of psychiatrists, who found her mentally calm, with no signs of anxiety or depression.

Monday's protests were peaceful as police put a squeeze on Delhi's heart.

Central Delhi was a fortress, barricaded against public anger - over the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman, a "highhanded" police and an "indifferent government".

Delhi Police personnel block a road in New Delhi. HT/Sunil Saxena

Police barriers sprung overnight at several points to guard weekend's warzones of India Gate, Raisina Hill and Vijay Chowk, where protesters, who Monday shifted base to Jantar Mantar, had clashed with the police.

An unprecedented nine Metro stations - Pragati Maidan, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Rajiv Chowk, Udyog Bhawan, Central Secretariat, Race Course Road, Patel Chowk and Khan Market - were shut, inconveniencing seven lakh commuters.

Endless delays and gridlocks were the order of the day. Tuesday is hardly going to be better. All traffic restrictions will continue, said the Delhi Police.

Though the nine stations were opened after 9pm on Monday, they will again be closed Tuesday morning, DMRC officials said.

Security personnel kept Rajpath, the stretch linking India Gate and Raisina Hill leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan, locked down with barricades and heavy deployment of personnel in riot-gear.

Various students and social outfits staged street plays, carried placards and shouted slogans as police kept a close watch.

The protesters said they wouldn't back down till a special session of Parliament was called to amend rape laws.

Some of them tried to march towards India Gate but the police sent them to Jantar Mantar.


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