The 140-year-old Loreto Convent in Lucknow made an exception on Wednesday. School authorities allowed 80 of its girl students to march up to Hazratganj in the heart of the city in a show of support to anti-graft activist Anna Hazare.
Another lot of protesters who came out in Hazare’s support were lawyers. While many reached the protest venues, many others chose to protest on the court premises.
In Bangalore, around 1,000 students, along with dean Trilochan Sastri, of the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore skipped a meal and resolved to stage sit-in demonstrations every day till the central government agreed to a strong lokpal bill.
“The students have decided to wear black t-shirts inside out to send a message to the government that the corrupt system should be turned upside down,” said Mihir Mogre, a post-graduate management student.
Students of IIM Ahmedabad, Indian Institutes of Technology in Gandhinagar, Guwahati and Hyderabad also joined the protest.
In Cuttack, lawyers of the Orissa high court waved black flags.
The lawyers of the District Bar Association (DBA), SAS Nagar and Chandigarh suspended work as a mark of protest against Hazare’s arrest.
Members of Shimla Bar Association walked through the busy lower bazaar and the bustling Mall road and lit candles at the main square. They also took a pledge to eradicate corruption from the country before dispersing for their day’s work.
College students protested in Karnal, Haryana, and Kurukshetra University was virtually closed.
In Jammu, teachers rubbed shoulders with students in protest marches and demonstrations. More than 250 students skipped classes and staged a demonstration. In the evening they took out a candle light march.
In Guwahati, a large number of the protesters were school and college students. Sakshi Bora, an eight-old girl was Hazare’s youngest supporter in Chandrapur, Assam.