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Indians demand justice for woman dragged to death

India’s capital, Delhi, witnessed angry crowds as they gathered to demand justice for a scooter rider who was killed and dragged by a car for miles.

Delhi police said the 20-year-old woman’s scooter collided with the car in the early hours of January 1 before her body was pulled for up to 12 kilometres.

Delhi police official, Sagar Hooda told a news conference that “We have information that the girl’s body was stuck in the car somehow and was dragged for about 10-12 kilometers, and then at a turning, the body was dropped from the car.”

Five people so far have been arrested in connection with the incident, Mr Hooda said.

A witness who was with the victim at the time of the collision is cooperating with police, he added.

The ghastly details have sparked outrage in India, with headlines dominating prime time news and many taking to the streets to demand strict punishment for the alleged perpetrators.

Early in the week, hundreds gathered outside a police station in the district where the incident took place.

Senior politicians have also called for an investigation.

Road accidents are common in India, where drivers often break traffic rules and safety regulations are not always strictly enforced.

In 2021, nearly 154,000 deaths were recorded on India’s roads, according to the Transport Ministry while nearly 58,000 hit-and-run incidents were reported nationwide.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Tony Okerafor