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Women call for justice after vet is raped and murdered

Not safe any more: Women demonstrate in New Delhi PICTURE: GETTY

HUNDREDS of protesters gathered in New Delhi to call for action after a female vet who was gang-raped and killed last week.

They are demanding justice in the case and stringent laws for the safety of women in India after the 27-year-old’s burned body was found in an underpass in the southern city of Hyderabad on Thursday.

‘We are not safe any more in India. We are scared to move out of our homes,’ said student Sejal Kumar.

Police said four suspects have been taken into custody. In parliament, defence minister Rajnath Singh said: ‘This act has brought shame to the entire country. It has hurt everyone. The accused must be given the most stringent punishment.’

In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi prompted hundreds of thousands to take to the streets to demand stricter rape laws.

Since then prison terms for rapists have been doubled to 20 years with voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women criminalised. Police recorded 33,658 rapes in 2017 — 90 a day — according to the latest figures. The real number is believed to be far higher.