Barasat rape: Lawyers not to stand by accused
Fuming anti-rape protests gather momentumkolkata Updated: Jun 12, 2013 11:15 IST
A slew of protests kept the Barasat police busy on Tuesday when villagers of Kamduni and other anti-rape activists staged a blockade at the crucial Champadali crossing and members of the Youth Congress gathered in front of a police station to submit a memo.
In another development, lawyers at Barasat court have decided not to represent any of the eight persons arrested for the gruesome rape and murder of the girl.
A team of Barasat Court Bar Association, too, staged a protest outside the court premises and later visited the rape’s victim house.
Chaos ruled Champadali crossing when supporters of Hindu Sanghati and Sutia Pratibadi Mancha, along with a section of Kamduni villagers, blocked the road, demanding proper policing and security for women.The blockade led to a scuffle between the police and the protesters. It also created traffic jam in Barasat.
Later, the protesters met the district magistrate in his office and submitted a memo.
In another development, a Youth Congress delegation, along with some of the villagers of Kamduni, submitted a deputation at the Barasat police station, protesting police inaction and surging crime rates in the area.
The victim’s father and brother, while participating in a protest, reiterated on Tuesday that they do not want the consolation of a government job for a family member at the cost of the girl’s life. “We want stringent punishment for the culprits,” the victim’s father said.
The ripples of the Barasat protest had reached the doorstep of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, literally, as representatives of a rights’ body sat on a dharna at her secretariat office in Writers’ buildings on Monday.
Meanwhile, Barasat erupted in protests for the fourth day in a row and a PIL was filed at Calcutta High Court urging the court’s intervention in restoring law and order.