A day that will live in infamy

Protests against Dec 16 gang rape, murder still on

On completion of one month of Delhi gang rape incident, students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and activist held a meet on ‘vigil for freedom without fear’ at DU’s north campus on Wednesday.

The idea was to keep demanding safety and security for women.

A student said Delhi police have somewhat woken up from its deep slumber, but a systematic approach is required now. Police everywhere have to be reformed, the student added.

“The government, ministers and the opposition in this one month have shown the public their insensitivity towards women. It is a shame that all of them never bothered to strengthen laws for crimes against women and now when the young people are demanding it, they call it rubbish,” the student said.

On December 16, a 23-year-old girl was gang raped in a moving bus by six men. She passed away on December 29.

The students are demanding gender just protocols for filling FIRs and police investigation into crimes against women and drafting of gender just laws in consultation with women’s organisations and students to be passed in a special session of Parliament.

Prohibition of two-finger test for rape, ensuring faster trail, more courts and safe public transport, prohibition of moral policing, discriminatory rules and withdrawal of false cases against protesters, were their other demands.

Students sang songs, recited poetry and displayed paintings on incidents of sexual harassment of women and students.

“We are touched, groped, lewd comments are passed and it is not limited to few places. We are always on guard, we feel insecure and it should be stopped. The new generation of women should breathe in a new country where they are respected, given equal rights and not asked to remain silent,” another student said.

Students also planned a freedom march from the Mandi House till Jantar Mantar on Republic Day.

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