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Women protesters lead, stump city police

Women formed the vanguard and had to bear the brunt of police action as scores of Tibetan protesters took to Delhi's streets on the eve of the BRICS Summit on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Mar 29, 2012 01:49 IST
Rajat Arora and Jatin Anand

Women formed the vanguard and had to bear the brunt of police action as scores of Tibetan protesters took to Delhi's streets on the eve of the BRICS Summit on Wednesday.

Despite 50 of their colleagues being bundled away by police in front of their eyes and dozens of others being detained, Tibetan women protesters kept police on their toes. So much so that out of the 162 detainees on Day 2 of the protests more than a 100 were women.

"We had started keeping an eye on male protesters since the immolation bid by a male protester on Monday and subsequently deployed adequate manpower," maintained a senior police officer.

The officer, however, admitted that police were outwitted on Wednesday as most activists who took to the streets were women. "It's not like we didn't have adequate female officers but there was certainly an element of surprise in women forming the defensive flanks of protesters," the officer said.

More than 24 women were detained from near Oberoi Hotel where the Chinese premier, Hu Jintao, was staying and many were allegedly manhandled by male police officers as a mini protest being staged by them reached its crescendo around 3pm.

"Being manhandled by female police officers during a protest is one thing, but even male officers jumped into the fray," exclaimed Tsengpa Lama, another protester.

"We also happen to be the citizens of this country through political pact and we know the law; male officers can't, under any circumstances, lay a finger on us," she added.

Ajay Chaudhary, additional CP (southeast), conceded some 'irregularities' might have occurred given the chaos and promised to inquire into the matter.

More than 200 Tibetan activists have been restrained at Ambedkar Bhawan, near Videocon Tower, under the foreigners act.

"The Chinese president has blood on his hands and he shouldn't be welcomed in India," said Tenzin Sonam, a Delhi university student, who was able to sneak out of Majnu ka Tila, where the police have kept Tibetans under house arrest.



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