Organisations express anguish over Tumakuru gang rape

Agitators beseige MP and DC, demand arrest of perpetrators of crime

Members of several women’s organisations and trade unions staged a protest at Town Hall Circle on Thursday, demanding the State government to take appropriate measures to put a curb on the sexual harassment of women and minor girls.

The agitating members said that the gang rape of woman on Tuesday night has put the civilised society to shame. The district has witnessed a surge in rape and trafficking of women incidents in the recent past, they alleged.

The incidents of women being subjected to sexual harassment at workplace is on the rise. The district administration and the police should take necessary measures to put a curb on the menace, the protesters urged.

The police should act tough against the perpetrators of heinous acts. They should not succumb to any pressure and bring those who involved in gang rape to book, the agitators demanded.

Members of women organisations, joined by the activists of SFI, DYFI, CITU, gheraoed Member of Parliament S P Muddahanumegowda and DC K P Mohan Raj at Zilla Panchayat office.

They urged the MP to order the district police to probe the gang rape incident and arrest the perpetrators.

The MP assured the protesters that he would instruct the district police to initiate a free and fair probe into the episode and arrest those involved in the shameful act.
The district police has constituted seven teams, led by Madugiri DySP Lavanya and Tumakuru DySP Chidananda swamy, to nab the accused. 

Deputy Commissioner K P Mohan Raj told the protesters that the district administration would take appropriate steps to put a crub on the sexual harassment of women.

Addressing the protesters here in Tumakuru , after accepting a memorandum from the agitating members, the deputy commissioner said, “CCTV cameras have been installed at various points on National Highway to keep an eye on the vehicles entering the district. We are planning to set up a police outpost at the tourist spot Devarayanadurga.”

CITU general secretary N K Subramanya, DYFI district president S Raghavendra, SFI district president E Shivanna, Ajjappa of Prantha Raitha Sangha, Anti-Dowry Forum president M C Lalitha, writers B H Ramakumari, Mallika Basavaraju, Parvatamma, ManjunathNanjundappa of Santwana Kendra and others took part in the protest here 

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