Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Delhi, the Rape Capital!!

A 23 year old girl is brutally raped by 6 hooligans in a private bus she boarded with her friend from Select City Walk, one of the most posh malls of Delhi! Her male friend is stripped and beaten by an iron rod. The rod is shoved INSIDE the unfortunate girl and her intestines rupture! Both of them are stripped and thrown off the Mahipalpur Highway to die in the bitter cold!

Are you still able to breathe properly??

The Delhi Police have revealed in a report that a woman is raped every 18 hours or molested every 14 hours in the Capital. If that's not shocking enough, most of the attackers fall under the below 25 age bracket!!The latest rape statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has once again put Delhi on top of the shame table. 

According to a Times Of India report, Delhi registered 568 cases of rape, compared to 218 in Mumbai in 2011 according to NCRB records. In the 2007-2011 period, Delhi topped the chart, followed by Mumbai, Bhopal, Pune and Jaipur. 

Protest Update 1
The seething outrage over the case spilled on to the Rajpath on Saturday as a large number of youth, in different groups, descended to protest in front of the Rashtrapati Bhavan seeking justice for the victim. 

Around 8 a.m. the youth started converging at India Gate demanding death penalty for the rapists. As the crowd swelled, it began moving up on Rajpath towards Rashtrapati Bhavan. Overshooting police anticipation, students and young professionals — who primarily relied on social media and SMS communication to muster support — began screaming their lungs out against what they described was utter complacency and lip service by the government and the police in the matter. 

Delhi Women on streets protesting against the Rape Culture

The police, however, blocked the path of the protesters with barricades and buses parked at the footsteps of Raisina Hill and as new groups kept merging with the protesting crowds, their FIRST FACE-OFF with the police happened around 11 a.m. To disperse them, the police trained a water-cannon on them and lobbed a volley of tear-gas shells. 

 Police high-handedness at fore again in Delhi!

What followed was a brief spell of violence by some protesters who targeted police buses, accusing the police of unnecessarily using force on unarmed protesters who included girls and women. On at least six occasions, the police resorted to caning the young protesters, who hurled stones, shoes and water bottles at them in retaliation.

Around 5.30 p.m. when hassled senior police officers were busy negotiating with a group to defuse the prevailing situation and manage the leader-less crowd, the LATHI-WEILDING security personnel in riot-gears AGAIN CHARGED at the protesters driving them away. The aggressive response from Delhi Police, left 125 tear-gas shells lobbed and at least 35 protesters injured!

Shame on Delhi Police!

The protesters tried to reorganise at the nearby Vijay Chowk where they were attacked again, this time from all the directions!

Several of them sustained injuries but they decided to stay put with YOUNG GIRLS FORMING A CHAIN AROUND THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS to stall the police advance. Hats off to the brave girls of Delhi! Also kudos to the men who came out in large numbers to support their female friends and brave Govt. high-handedness to reclaim their rights.

A defiant India reclaiming its rights

Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, including Gopal Rai, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas, who also participated along their supporters, addressed the crowd later in the evening. The day culminated in a meeting of one of the groups with Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who assured them of fast-tracking the trial in the case and a “sea-change” in policing through implementation of long-term reforms.

Protest Update 2

This morning while Sheila Dikshit was condemning the force with which Delhi police acted yesterday, its lackeys were busy dragging protesters and pushing them into buses to take them away from India Gate!

The buses took away the protesters and dumped them at far-off places so that they would not be able to reach India Gate again! EIGHT METRO STATIONS ARE SHUT to prevent people from reaching the venue! Where the hell are our FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS?? Where the hell is DEMOCRACY?

Empty words yet again

Later, Baba Ramdev was arrested and Arvind Kejriwal picked up from Hyderabad House where he was protesting. After clamping down Section 144 on the city today, the Govt. again resorted to lathicharge and water cannons.. The manhandling of girls, old ladies and even old men has left people dumbfounded! Many people including some constables got injured but this time public anger seems difficult to control.

These are the people who are supposed to protect us!
 Shame on this manhandling by Delhi Police

Shame on Delhi's Security Agencies which let such incidents keep repeating! Instead of hitting the protesters and turning them more violent, they should do THEIR JOBS better and grab hold of criminals and culprits! You don't need to be a woman to realize how unsafe Delhi and NCR has become for its citizens. And sadly, a similar trend is visible right from Assam to Tamil Nadu and Bihar to Mumbai! 

Please start a peaceful protest in your city today. DO NOT get into violent mode and DO NOT destroy public property. Spread this for your Nation and participate to make INDIA a better place for all irrespective of religion/caste/gender/language! This time, let's not rest until we CHANGE our destiny.

May the Force be with Us All! 
Jai Hind!