Support for families of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes continued to pour in on Saturday online as well as offline.
While the open group on Facebook, titled ‘Keenan Santos’ page on Facebook started on a social networking site has managed to enlist 87,000 members, several other ‘pages’ and ‘groups’ supporting the campaign for justice have sprung up on the social networking site.
The Zero Tolerance campaign page, launched by Yuva Satt, a citizens’ group, has attracted over 4,000 ‘likes’, which can be interpreted as votes of approval. The group has started an online petition, which has now been signed by over 10,000 people.
The Zero Tolerance campaign has also gone offline. On Saturday, volunteers conducted a signature campaign outside Andheri (west) station and received an overwhelming response from the residents of the area.
The campaign aims at spreading awareness, particularly among the youth, that sexual harassment should not tolerated. Apart from Keenan and Reuben’s family and friends, there are several groups that have stepped out and are protesting against the incident that jolted the city.
On blogs, social networks and in petitions, the recurring theme is anger against bystanders who did not help, and a call for overhaul of laws that allow people to get away with acts of sexual harassment.