Just a day after the friend of the 23-year-old gangrape victim recounted the horror of December 16 on a television news channel, protesters expressed their resentment over the alleged treatment meted out to the duo by the police on the fateful night.
The protesters, who have been camping at Jantar Mantar for many days, remained undeterred in their resolve despite the fall in temperature and demanded action against the errant police personnel.
“It is extremely sad that even a day after the victim’s friend divulged details of what happened on the fateful night, no action has been taken. It is shocking that the police refused to initiate any action. The man’s version should be taken seriously as he is the only surviving victim,” said Nitesh Malik, a protester.
The protesters also demanded medical and counselling facilities for the victim’s friend.
“People have forgotten how traumatic the episode has been for the man. He should be given medical treatment and counselling to recover from the shock,” said Neha Kashyap, a resident of Dwarka.
A few protesters also suggested that the victim’s friend should be given confidential counselling sessions.
“We cannot ignore the fact that this man is still living in shock. The brutality is so severe that it might take him a long time to get over the past. He should be provided treatment and the sessions should be kept confidential,” said Ritu Batra, student of Delhi University.
The members from Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, who had also gathered at Jantar Mantar, demanded immediate action against the police for not having acting immediately on the December 16 night.
“Maintaining vigil is the responsibility of the government and they need to ensure that people are safe when they step out on the streets. To begin with, they must take strict action against errant police officials immediately,” said Manish Sisodia, member, Aam Aadmi Party.