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Published On: Sun, Apr 15th, 2018

Massive protests across India demand justice in Kathua and Unnao rape cases

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rape-protest-not-in-my-name-1rape-protest-not-in-my-name-4NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI/ CHANDIGRAH , GOA ,BHOPAL/KERAL : Massive protests were organised across various parts of the country under “Not In My Name” campaign to demand justice for victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Thousands of people took to the streets in various cities of the country on Sunday to protest the rising incidents of sexual violence against women and demand justice in the rape cases.
Carrying banners and placards, protesters marched in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Bengaluru, Goa,  and across Kerala. Protests are also being held in Rajasthan’s Ajmer, Gujarat’s Surat, Punjab capital Chandigarh, and Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.and other cities, demanding that the government quickly prosecute the rape suspects.
Nearly 2,000 protesters, including activists who participated in the “Not In My Name” protests last year, have gathered in Parliament Street at the heart of Delhi. Swati Maliwal, the chief of Delhi Women’s Commission, is holding a hunger strike.
In Mumbai, a section of Bollywood, including actor Priyanka Chopra and producer Ekta Kapoor asked fans to join the protests, which will start from Carter Road in posh Bandra area. “Everyone should come. Whatever religion, gender or belief you belong to. For humanity, for justice,” Ekta Kapoor tweeted.
A silent protest was organised in Mumbai which was joined by Kiran Rao, wife of actor Amir Khan, singer Vishal Dadlani and others.
as public outrage over a spate of rape and murder of children spiral. Over the last two weeks, two cases have shaken the nation.

Last Sunday, a 17-year-old, who was allegedly raped by a BJP MLA  in Unnao, tried to commit suicide outside UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s house. The tipping point was the rape and murder of an 8-year-old in Kathua, where the chargesheet spoke of unspeakable brutality. A third — the death of a 9-year-old girl in Surat, whose body was covered in 80 wounds — emerged this morning.
In an open letter, a group of 49 former civil servants have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to the families of the children targeted in Kathua and Unnao and “seek their forgiveness”.
“The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight year old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into. In post-Independence India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our Government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble,” the letter read.
The unspeakable rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua — who belonged to a nomadic Muslim community — outraged the country after details were exposed in a police chargesheet.
The child was kidnapped on January 10. Over the next week, she was drugged, starved, repeatedly gangraped and then murdered. A police chargesheet also said before her head was bashed with a stone, one of the assailants – a police officer – had asked the killer to wait so he could rape the child for one last time.
Days before the gory details emerged, another young girl from Unnao had tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath’s house. She said she had been raped by BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother a year ago.
A day later, her father, who had been mercilessly thrashed for his refusal to withdraw the case, died. The lawmaker’s brother was arrested in the case of assault.
The Kathua case became heavily politicised and two BJP ministers from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet, who defended the accused, were shunted out.( With Agency Inputs ).

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