People Take To Street For Quick Prosecution Of Rape Accused

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New Delhi: Yet another Sunday witnessed thousands of people protesting across the country against Kathua and Unnao Rape. Outrage grew over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua and sexual assault of a teenager in Unnao. The protesters marched in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Bengaluru, Jammu and other cities carrying banners and shouting slogans demanding that the government quickly prosecute those accused in the rape cases.
Candlelight vigils were also held at a few places, including Gujarat’s Surat. The city’s police said a minor was allegedly held captive, tortured and raped before being killed recently. Her body — found on April 6 — had had 86 injury marks. She is believed to have been between nine and 11 years of age.

Many protesters expressed anger at the BharatiyaJanata Party, alleging that its leaders in Jammu and Kashmir were initially siding with the accused in the Kathua case. The eight-year-old girl in Kathua’sRasana village belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, the Bakarwals, and the charge sheet says she was tortured and killed to scare the community away.
Prime Minister NarendraModi has called the crimes against women a “shame” for the country and asserted that the guilty will not be spared.
“I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice. We all will have to work together to end this internal evil,” he said.
Sunday’s protests brought back memories of massive outpouring across India triggered by the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in December 16, 2012, in the national capital that led to stricter rape laws in the country.
More than 500 people gathered at the Parliament Street in Delhi with ‘Not in My Name’ banners, demanding the immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly protecting Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his party’s Unnao MLA, in the rape case.

 

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