Monday, December 24, 2012

SNEHALAYA TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO PROTEST AGAINST GANG RAPE IN DELHI

Ahmednagar 24:

The hundreds of young men & women of Ahmednagar were on streets since last 3 days . They were demanding strict action &  speedy justice in the case of the heinous crime against the 23-year-old girl who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on a moving bus 9 days ago in Delhi. 

STOP SILENCE AGAINST VOILENCE
Sensitive young men & women protesting against gang rape on 23 year old girl at Delhi

Today, the demonstrations were organized at District Collector office at 11am. More than 300 protesters raised anti-government & anti-police slogans and demanded capital punishment for perpetrators of such heinous crimes. They also prayed for the victim who is on ventilator & battling for her life at Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi.

" We just want the culprits hanged. The punishment should be so severe that it sets an example," said Monika Madhyan, a B.Com student. 

" The culprits have acted in a manner which make them unfit for human society, and they shouldn't be shown any mercy," said senior activist  Adv.Anjali Sarode.

The protesters were associated with Snehalaya, Aadhar group, Ahmednagar  College & other institutions. All are associated with NGO Mahasangh. This network is inspired from Anna Hazare. The protesters had also condemned Delhi police & Govt.of India for their wrong action on peaceful young protesters at India Gate in Delhi yesterday.

All over the world it is the young who are the harbingers of change.  50% of India is under 25 years of age. "Don't let energy dissipate; save our mothers, sisters & fight against violence," said Dr. Prajkta Kulkarni, Volunteer of Snehalaya. Adv.Shyam Asawa from NGO Mahasangh alleged that the government was not doing much to curb such crimes, which was also reflected in the low rate of conviction in rape cases.     

The agitators have submitted the memorandum  to  the additional district collector raising the serious issues of women's protection.  They have  demanded increase of patrolling and deployment of police, including female police employees  in public places in Ahmednagar district, hang out law to the accused, fast-track courts to deal with rape cases, increased sensitization and effective investigation & accountability of the police in dealing with heinous crimes against women.

Yesterday, on 23rd December 2012, a massive  Mute March was organized at Savedi area of Ahmednagar. A pledge was given to people at the end for strengthening the commitment to  support to a woman with courage.

On 22nd December 2012, a Candlelight March also received tremendous response by the various social sections of the society.

We also have received a few serious complaints of atrocities on women during the agitations. Also we met a few committed volunteers during these agitations. 

Kind Regards,
Sandip Kusalkar,
Coordinator-Snehalaya

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