Tuesday Dec 25, 201207:41 AM GMT
Indian police dies of injuries sustained during gang rape protests
Indian riot police look on as they keep watch along a sealed-off road leading towards the landmark India Gate monument following weekend clashes between demonstrators and police in New Delhi, December 24, 2012.
Indian riot police look on as they keep watch along a sealed-off road leading towards the landmark India Gate monument following weekend clashes between demonstrators and police in New Delhi, December 24, 2012.
Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:41AM
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A police officer, who had been wounded in India during protest rallies over the recent brutal gang rape of a female student, has died of his injuries at a hospital in New Delhi.


New Delhi police spokesman, Rajan Bhagat, said on Tuesday that 47-year-old Subash Tomar had been beaten by angry protesters on Sunday when he was on duty during a demonstration held at the India Gate monument.

"The protesters pelted stones at Tomar, he was unconscious for two days and today he died," Bhagat said.

More than 100 people, including policemen, were injured in the Sunday clashes between protesters and security forces.

The protests erupted after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a bus on December 16. She is now recovering at the hospital, but is still in critical condition.

Over the past week, thousands of angry protesters have taken to the streets and gathered near the presidential palace, demanding better safety for women.

Delhi is notorious for crimes against women, and using public transport at night or travelling alone is considered a great risk.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 522 rape cases were reported in Delhi and the National Capital Region in 2011. Over 650 rape cases have been reported in the capital so far this year.

People accuse the officers patrolling the capital's streets of being insensitive towards sexual crimes and ignoring related complaints.

They say the country's slow judicial system also discourages women from making complaints.

Only one third of accused rapists get punished. Experts believe, unless there is severe punishment for rapists, the disastrous trend will never stop.

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