BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The Indian government is to open a commission of inquiry into the brutal gang rape of a girl in New Delhi, that’s prompted a wave of protests nationwide. The attack, which happened on a moving bus, has sparked a national debate over the rights of women in India.
Chidambaram Palaniappan, Indian Finance Minister, said,"Cabinet also approved a proposal to set up a commission of inquiry to look into the incident of rape and assault on a young woman on the 16th of December, 2012 in Delhi and to suggest measures to improve the safety and security of women. We are all deeply anguished at what happened on the 16th of December 2012. I join all others in praying for her recovery."
A 23 year old woman remains in hospital after she was raped and brutally beaten by six men on December 16th. Widespread protests against attacks on women are continuing, despite Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promising the government will take tough action. On Wednesday, hundreds of activists from the right-wing Hindu group "Shiv Sena" burned effigies of the men accused of the brutal attack. They demanded that all six suspects face the death penalty.
A police blockade in the heart of New Delhi has now been removed, but a large number of police remain on the streets, to prevent protesters moving towards parliament.