Police have shot dead a journalist during a protest over a sex assault on an actress in northeast India, as security forces in New Delhi fired tear gas at new demonstrations over a student's gang-rape.
After the victim of last Sunday's gang-rape in Delhi began recounting her ordeal to police, a wave of revulsion over sex crimes spread to the remote state of Manipur, where a protest was held over the attempted rape of the actress.
Protesters demand justice over Delhi rape case
Protesters clash with police in the Indian capital New Delhi, amid intense anger over the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a public bus.
A police spokesman told AFP the 36-year-old cameraman, who was working for the national Doordarshan network, was "killed in police firing" while covering a protest that turned violent in the town of Imphal.
Police have yet to arrest anyone over the December 18 assault on the 22-year-old actress and model known as Momoko, who has waived her right to anonymity and who has appeared on television to demand justice.
Momoko has said that a local militant dragged her away during a concert last week and then tried to rape her before she managed to fight him off and flee.
"We want a strong message to be sent that perpetrators of such crimes have no place in our society," said Bala Bedi, a women's rights activist in Imphal who took part in Sunday's protest.
India has seen a string of protests across the country in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape, which has shone the spotlight on the frightening incidence of violence against women in India.
National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year were against women. Delhi has been dubbed the rape capital of India with government figures showing the number of rapes in the city rising 17 per cent to 661 this year.
The 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who has been battling for her life since the late-night assault on a bus, gave her first statement to police late Saturday in the hospital where she is being treated.
"All six men took turns to sexually assault me," the Hindustan Times newspaper quoted the victim as saying to police.
"They threw us on the side of the road where I then fainted," she added.
Her answers appeared to confirm most of the details that officers had already managed to piece together from a statement by her 28-year-old male companion who was also assaulted and thrown off the vehicle.
All six of the alleged attackers have now been arrested and remanded in custody.
Fearing more violent protests, police declared areas close to the president's residence and the parliament off-limits on Sunday and detained those who defied the prohibitory orders.
All the routes leading to landmark government buildings were cordoned off and metro stations in the vicinity were closed to the public.
However, several hundred protesters managed to breach the cordon around India Gate and braved tear gas and water cannons for the second day in a row.