Indian bus rape prompts widespread protests

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The status of women has been pushed to the top of the agenda in India, after a 23-year-old student was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi.

The case has brought huge pressure on the government. Many accuse of the authorities of not doing enough to stop crimes against women.

Some say rape cases are not treated responsibly by the courts.

“The accused gets out on bail and then harasses the girl, often leading her to commit suicide,” said politician Navjot Kaur Sidhu. “Cases like this are on the increase, because the culprits have the impression that they are above the law.”

In Delhi, they used water cannon to break up crowds trying to force their way through barricades outside the Chief Minister’s home.

Five people including the bus driver have been arrested. The alleged victim is fighting for her life in hospital.