They took to the streets only four months ago, demanding justice for the 23-year-old, who was raped on a bus on December 16, and later succumbed to her injuries. Now, back on the roads to protest against the rape of a five-year-old, young Delhiites who had spent as much as 72 hours at Jantar Mantar at the December protests, say there is a sense of hopelessness.
A five-year-old girl who was raped allegedly by a neighbour, being taken to AIIMS from a hospital in New Delhi. (PTI)
At the time of going to press, a protest was being carried out outside the Police Headquarters at ITO and most of the protesters were the ones who took to the streets in December. “We are protesting with about thousand other protesters. Nothing has changed and has probably become worse and more brutal. Where is so much rage against women coming from? This time, we want an action, it’s high time,” says Nandini Rao of Citizen’s Collective against Sexual Assault.
“One needs to protest in as many ways as possible. The previous protests have definitely built a sense of fear in the authorities. We have to continue to build pressure on the authorities. They cannot get away with it,” says 24-year-old Vaishali Singh of Must Bol, an online movement against gender-based violence.
The youngsters say that they will unleash the protest with fresh vigour. “I could not resist but come to ITO. I want to tell the authorities that the fire for justice has not died down with time,” says Rahul Madan, a 23-year-old college goer. “It’s not that we are taking to the streets because we are free. It’s because we feel for it,” says Kulsoom Rashid, a protester.
Preity Zinta: 5-year-old gets raped and India sees its DARKEST DAYS. Do we now have to take the law in our hands to get justice as prayers don’t work anymore?
Farhan Akhtar: What is this country that I live in? Shattered by the horrific news of the 5-yr-old. Whose side are the police on?
Shilpa Shetty: Appalled with the 5-yr-old’s rape story and disgusted with the Delhi cop who slapped that girl who protested
She was just five
Social networking and microblogging sites are abuzz with reactions. Many changed their profile pictures to ones reading ‘She was just five’. “
I uploaded the poster at 11pm and it got shared more than 4,300 times within some hours,” says Dhruv Arora of Got Stared.At.
Bollywood celebs such as Amitabh Bachchan, Mallika Sherawat and Kunal Kohli also posted angry tweets.