Police disperse rape protesters
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police used water cannons to disperse hundreds of women who were protesting today against a rise in violence against women in the northern Indian state where two teenagers were gang-raped last week and later found hanging from a tree.
The protesters in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, were demonstrating outside the office of the top elected official, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, demanding that he crack down on an increasing number of rapes and other attacks on women and girls.
Hundreds of police officers, including female officers, pushed and shoved the protesters before deploying water cannons to disperse them.
The protesters also demanded that the government curb police indifference, which they said was encouraging attacks on women.