The alleged rape of a pregnant young woman and the fatal shootings of three man, along with a big increase in robberies in Delhi, have fanned a crisis of confidence between Indians and their police.
LV & SV Bhartiya Janta Party workers carrying banners marching through streets in Delhi (3 shots)
CU Sign outside Delhi Police Dog Squad office
SV Demonstrators tussling with police in police station compound
SV Former M.P. Mr. Gupta addressing crowd (2 shots)
SV & CU Mrs. Dandavate (MP) (white haired woman with glasses) addressing women's rally at Boat Club, in Hindi (3 shots)
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Background: The alleged rape of a pregnant young woman and the fatal shootings of three man, along with a big increase in robberies in Delhi, have fanned a crisis of confidence between Indians and their police. On Friday (18 July), there were two separate protests in the Indian capital.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of the Bhartiya Janta Party marched through the streets, carrying party flags and placards, and shouting anti-government slogans. They were protesting at an upsurge of burglaries and thefts in Delhi, particularly here in the Model Town area. One newspaper, the Indian Express, compared the city with a small-scale Chicago of the 1930's. A detailed report to the Indian Parliament shows that in the 12 months to March 1980, a record 56-and-a-half thousand cases were reported in Delhi.
Demonstrators focused their anger on the Kingsway police station. They claimed the government had failed to enforce law and order and that the police had been equally inefficient in their attempts to half the crime wave. There were scuffles, but no arrests or serious injuries. India's Home Minister, Mr. Zail Singh, has warned erring police that officers who fail to control the crime wave will face severe punishment.
The second protest was organised separately by several women members of parliament, as well as leaders of women's organisations, who marched on the home of Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. They demanded action against police who all??? gedly raped a pregnant woman last June after shooting dead her husband and two other men. Police claim the three men killed were bandits, but friends of the victims say they were innocent wedding guests on their way to a reception at Baghpat, in Uttar Pradesh State.