A number of protests sprang up in front of New Delhi police headquarters, Parliament and a major university after a 23-year-old woman in India was gang-raped and beaten nearly to death with a metal rod on a bus that passed through a number of police checkpoints. As if that wasn't bad enough, two more girls—ages 10 and 14, respectively—were discovered to have been sexually assaulted. Only the older victim is still alive, in critical condition after she was raped by four men. Nationwide rape cases in India have jumped almost 875% over the last 40 years, and New Delhi alone reported 600 cases in 2012. Bhavyaa Sharma, a 19-year-old women's college student present at the protests, said that she and her friends were horrified, but not surprised, at the news of the bus gang-rape. "I feel vulnerable here. I am very sure about it. Delhi is not safe for women."
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