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Students take to streets in Udupi

Udupi, Jun 22, 2013, DHNS : 0:54 IST
It is a black spot on the most literate district in State, say protesters.

The Udupi-Manipal area witnessed mass protest day in the aftermath of Manipal gang rape incident here on Saturday. A large number of students took to streets to stage protest against the atrocious incident.

The clock tower near service bus stop was continuously mobbed by the protesters. The agitators walked all along from Manipal to Udupi demanding justice over the incident. The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat termed the incident as blatant. It is the most heinous crime that has taken place in this region. The City Secretary of the Parishath Abhishek Jain said the incident has made the people in this region to bow their head out of shame.

There is a need for transparent inquiry and the culprits should be nabbed at the earliest. He stressed that the police should enhance the security measures, especially to protect the women.

Forwarding the memorandum to Superintendent of Police, Udupi District Mahila Congress Committee President Veronica Cornelio said the tragedy should be strongly condemned. It is black spot for the most literate district and the educational hub Manipal. She urged the incident should be considered as grave and impartial inquiry should be done, she added.

Udupi District Unit of Girls Islamic Organisation of Karnataka staged protest demanding justice. Speaking on the occasion, Anupama Monthly Sub Editor Kulsum Aboobakar said there is no safety for women. If at all the culprits in the Delhi gang rape case were punished immediately, then such incident would not have been reported again. She heavily came down on the delayed justice.

She demanded that government should immediately initiate measures supporting the security of women. The activists demanded that the authorities concerned should instruct all the educational institutions to adhere to the proper dress code for the students. Besides moral education should be made mandatory.

The government should also ban alcohol and other intoxicating substances and blue films and obscene literature. They also demanded for proper transport facilities for women and girls during night hours.

The Campus Front of India shouted slogans against the offenders and urged for the speedy inquiry. District President Ashique Mulur said Manipal is internationally recognised University and this totally barbaric incident will be a dark spot on the university.

Students of St Ceily High School and Pre University too staged protest and around 800 students took part in the protest that was held before taluk office. Principal Sister Rosy Mendonca said one should not allow such things to happen.

The administration and the police department should take stringent measures. It is time for all to look into the aspects that led to the heinous crime. Culprits should be caught immediately, she said.

Meanwhile, the Student Islamic Organisation members also staged protest before Tiger Circle in Manipal. The activists shouted slogans and urged for the arrest of the offenders. They said the security should be beefed up and repetition of such incidents should be avoided.

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