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“We won’t let the city move unless justice is done.”

In Events, News stories, street harassment | on 12.18.12 | by | Comments ( 0 )

Protest – I Stand for Safe Delhi

Trigger Warning!

Sunday night, a gang of men raped and hurt a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi, India, and then threw her off. She had been traveling with a male friend and he was hurt too.

International Business Time reports:

“The pair, who were returning home from an evening at the cinema, were beaten, stripped and tossed out of the vehicle and are now at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where the woman is listed in critical condition, suffering from head injuries, cuts, abrasions and sexual assault wounds. Indian media reported that she was placed on a ventilator with injuries in her stomach and intestines.

 D.K. Mishra, a relative of the young man who was attacked, told Indian media: ‘Five to seven people started harassing her. The boy protested and made every effort to come to her aid, but some people caught hold of him. Then three to four people took her and gang-raped her in the cabin of the bus.””

“JNU students lead the way in asking for justice.” Photo from the I Stand for Safe Delhi campaign

The brutality of the life-threatening attack has drawn widespread outcry. One of the many actions taken since Sunday night was a massive protest organized by I Stand for Safe Delhi Campaign yesterday during which students and community members blocked roads saying, “We won’t let the city move unless justice is done.”

Today, the Home Minister has promised to look into this matter himself and said that four of the men have been arrested.

Many other government officials spoke out, including MP Jaya Bachchan who reportedly, “was on her feet to raise the gang-rape issue as soon as the House met for the day.

She kept standing for a long time demanding suspension of Question Hour to take up the issue of safety of women. “I am deeply disturbed,” she said…An act of sexual assault should be treated on par with murder and section 307 of IPC be amended to include rape under it, she demanded.

Maya Singh (BJP) termed the incident as the “ultimate brutality” …. “This is not the solitary case…women are not safe in Delhi, an infant of even six years is not safe here, elderly women are not safe here,” Maya Singh said, demanding stringent punishment for those guilty of committing the barbaric act.

Renuka Chowdhury (Cong) said the terrible atrocity committed on the young girl cannot be “compensated by cash”. Underlining that it is the “business” of police to instill confidence among citizens, she wanted to know how the perpetrators of such crime “get away with the cowardice act”.

She called upon all women members to collectively meet the Home Minister, Commissioner of Police, Chief Minister of Delhi and top officials to find out their “action plan” to check such incidents.”

If you’re in Delhi, I hope you can join the mass protest planned at India Gate at 5 p.m. In less than a day, over 1,000 people have RSVPed to attend. Details.

Stop Street Harassment stands with the young woman survivor and with her friend who tried to protect her. We hope for the speedy recovery of both.
May Delhi, India— and the rest of the world—one day be free from sexual violence so incidents like this will never happen again.
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