Thousands of protesters mounted outside a police station in the city Hyderabad in India, demanding accountability after the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet.
Also family members have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead. The victim’s charred remains were discovered after she disappeared on Wednesday
Rape and violence against women remain at high levels despite widespread public anger at high-profile cases.
Police allege she was gang-raped before she was killed. Four men have been arrested in connection with the case. Police says it has also suspended three officers.
Two of their mothers have spoken out, calling for them to be punished if they are found guilty.
“You give whatever punishment (to them). I have a daughter too,” one told The Press Trust of India.
At a police station on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Saturday, thousands of people gathered to protest, insisting the culprits must face the death penalty.
Elsewhere in the country there were other protests and vigils for the victim – who cannot be named under Indian law.
In the community of Shamshabad in Hyderabad, where the victim lived, residents locked the main gate and held placards saying: “No Media, No Police, No Outsiders – No sympathy, only action, justice.”
Prominent politicians have also spoken out, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, general secretary of the main opposition Congress party.