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  • Demonstrators are hit by police water cannon as they shout slogans and wave India's national flag in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi on 23 December 2012.Reuters
  • A protester lights candles during a candlelight vigil to mark the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape, in New Delhi on 16 December 2013.Reuters
  • A demonstrator holds a placard as she attends a candlelight vigil to mark the first anniversary of Delhi gang rape, in New Delhi on 16 December 2013.Reuters
  • Demonstrators hold candles during a candlelight vigil to mark the first death anniversary of the Delhi gang rape victim, in New Delhi.Reuters
  • Protesters sit in front of graffiti during a protest to mark the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape, in New Delhi on 16 December 2013.Reuters
  • Demonstrators hold placards during a candlelight vigil to mark the first death anniversary of the Delhi gang rape victim in New Delhi.Reuters
  • V.K. Anand (C), defence lawyer for one of the four men who were found guilty of the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi, speaks with the media after the verdict in New Delhi on 10 September 2013.Reuters
  • Police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators near the presidential palace during a protest rally in New Delhi in 2012.Reuters
  • Demonstrators shout slogans while standing on lamp posts during a protest rally near the presidential palace in New Delhi in 2012.Reuters
  • Demonstrators overturn a government vehicle in front of the India Gate during a protest in New Delhi in 2012.Reuters

India marks the second anniversary of the brutal Delhi gangrape incident, which took place on the night of 16 December 2012, when a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gangraped by six people inside a moving private bus, while she was travelling with her 28-year-old friend. 

The six men raped the girl and beat her friend, before throwing them out on the streets. The girl was admitted to Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital and was later shifted to Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore, where she died after 12 days on 29 December 2012.

Following the barbaric incident, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Ram Singh and a juvenile were charged with sexual assault and murder, and four adults were awarded death sentence, which was later stayed by the Supreme Court of India.

The incident, which gained international attention, shocked the entire world and led to a number of protests demanding the safety of women in different parts of India.

However, even after two years, the capital city is not safe for women and is still called the 'rape capital', with the latest Uber taxi incident, where a taxi driver raped a business analyst on 5 December 2014, adding fuel to fire. 

"There has been no change in the last two years – be it in the public, or the government. The government has done nothing until now to ensure that the women of the country are safe. All they have done is on paper, in slogans," Mamta Sharma, former chairperson of National Commission for Women told IANS.

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