Prime Minister Mrs.
GV People around canopy where former Health Minister Mr. Raj Narain is beginning his fast at New Delhi boat club, India
SV Raj Narain (garlanded) and rape victim, Mrs. May Tayagi and family seated under canopy
GV Supporters watching as priest chants religious prayer PAN TO priest chanting into microphone
GV PAN Mrs. Tayagi and family seated as priest chants
SV Second priest chanting prayer
SV Raj Narain seated listening to chant
SV Women supporters seated
SV Another priest chanting prayer
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Background: Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi has promised more severe punishment for rapists, in response to an increasing number of sexual attacks in India. The government has been accused of allowing police apathy towards rapists, but legislation to deal with the issue has been promised soon. The case which has aroused some of the most intense feeling occurred in north-eastern Uttar Pradesh state, where police are alleged to have been responsible, following a triple shooting.
SYNOPSIS: One man, former Health Minister Mr. Raj Narain, began his own protest on Sunday (3 August). Mr. Narain, wearing the garland, has pledged to fast to death, if necessary, until the government moves to curb the incidence of rape. The Uttar Pradesh rape victim is Mrs. May Tayagi, without the headscarf, who was present at the start of Mr. Narain's fast, along with members of her family.
The Uttar Pradesh rape followed the shooting dead of Mrs. Tayagi's husband and two other men. Police claim the three men killed were bandits, but friends say the victims were innocent wedding guests on their way to a reception. Mr. Narain wants government action against the policemen, and laws to ensure the dignity of women.