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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

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Delhi Police headquarters epicentre of protests against brutal sexual assault
Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 21, 2013
First Published: 00:18 IST(21/4/2013)
Last Updated: 03:00 IST(21/4/2013)

The cries for justice, slogans, anger and anguish against an indifferent system and police resounded on the Capital’s streets yet again as scores of people hit the road to demand justice for a five-year-old innocent girl -- brutally raped by her neighbour in east Delhi.

Last December, the protesters had gathered in front of the seat of the government on Rajpath to demand justice for the para-medical student who was gang-raped in a moving bus that month.

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This time the scene was Police Headquarters, near ITO. Members of civil society, NGOs, student unions and political parties tried to storm through the barricades put up before the headquarters. Scores of policemen had to jostle with hundreds of protesters who had been shouting slogans against the Delhi Police for mishandling the case and humiliating the family of the victim.

“Why are do we wait for the another incident to happen? Why can’t there be stricter laws? These coupled with such ineffective police officers are not helping the women,” Seema Sharma, a protester, said.

Protests were also held near the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Gandhinagar police station and AIIMS — where the girl is undergoing treatment. Students led a protest meeting at Jantar Mantar.

Though Section 144 has been clamped at India Gate, the protesters claimed that they will go there on Sunday.

“On Sunday, student organisations have called for a protest at India Gate. We will agitate again at Jantar Mantar on Monday noon. This issue can’t be hushed up. The police shouldn’t wait for crime to be committed. When children of migrants go missing, the police never file an FIR. They think they are dispensable,” said activist Kavita Krishnan.

Apart from Delhi, demonstrations were taken out in Kolkata and Jammu. A special prayer meeting was held in Ajmer and Udaipur in Rajasthan for the speedy recovery of the girl.


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