Demanding strict action in Thursday's gang rape case of a photojournalist, journalists held a protest rally at Hutatma Chowk in south Mumbai on Friday.
Wearing black bands, journalists from various associations such as the Mumbai Press Club and Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh demanded safety measures for women journalists and other women in the city.
Gurbir Singh, president, Mumbai Press Club, said that the incident should prompt the government to push forward the bill for protection of journalists.
"The government has been sitting on the bill for more than three years. Political parties have come together to ensure that the bill does not get passed," said Singh. Singh also urged the media to take responsibility of employees' safety. "Every media company should be careful about the safety of female employees," he said.
A delegation of journalists also met home minister RR Patil. "We want the case to be heard in a fast-track court and a committee to be set up to bring a bill for protection of journalists," said Rajanish Kakade, secretary, Bombay News Photographers' Association.
Patil agreed to the delegation's proposal for a journalists' panel to discuss issues with him at least once in two months.