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Students take out rally against Delhi rape

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, December 24, 2012
First Published: 23:16 IST(24/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:47 IST(25/12/2012)

Holding placards and raising slogans demanding that the issue of women's security be raised in Parliament, Being's Helping Hand, a student group of engineering students, took out a protest rally on Tuesday and demonstrated outside the house of Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu.

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About 90 students from the Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology (ACET), Khalsa College and BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar participated in the rally. They took out a demonstration from Green Avenue to the MP's residence.

While passing through Mall Road and other places, the students expressed their anger against the delay in action in the Delhi gangrape case through slogans and placards with hard-hitting messages.

Shagun Sharma, an ACET student, said that the protest walk was organised to demand strict action against all those involved in the Delhi gangrape and press for a discussion on the issue in Parliament.

Chief parliamentary secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu, wife of the Amritsar MP, met the protesters and listened to their demands.

She assured the protesters that the MP would raise the issue in Parliament, and even signed a written testimony. In her 30-minute discussion with the students, she said that she had proposed an 11-point agenda, which included surveillance by the police in the city to ensure the safety of women. She also motivated students to learn self-defence techniques to tackle such situations. She said she would ask schools and colleges of the city to make self-defence classes mandatory for girls.

The CPS said she was saddened by the Delhi incident and was praying for the quick recovery of the 23-year-old victim. Dr Sidhu said she would herself inspect places in the city which were more prone to eve-teasing and recommend strict action against those found harassing women.

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