NEW DELHI: New Delhi's top police officer and chief minister on Saturday urged people to mourn the death of a gang-rape victim in a peaceful manner as large parts of the city-centre were sealed off.
Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar asked people to maintain calm across the city, according to a statement from his office which also announced that the area around the India Gate monument and 10 metro stations would be closed to the public.
New Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit also appealed for calm and pledged "solid steps will be taken very soon" to protect women in India's capital.
"Please maintain peace and at the same time we must make sure that every action is taken to make women secure in our city," she told reporters.
The calls for calm came after an Indian woman who was gang-raped on a New Delhi bus died a Singapore hospital early Saturday after suffering severe organ failure.
People across India have started coming out to mourn the death of the 23-year-old student, whose death has already sparked mass protests.
Police said they would allow people to hold peaceful demonstrations only in some areas and hundreds of policemen have been deployed to prevent any violence on the streets.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said he was deeply saddened by the death and the protests that were sparked by the case were "understandable".