Unruly crowd create nuisance outside Tihar
There was something different in the air outside west Delhi's Tihar jail hours after the 73-year-old Gandhian Anna Hazare, who consented to walk out after spending his second night in prison despite having been released two days ago.delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2011 00:32 IST
There was something different in the air outside west Delhi's Tihar jail hours after the 73-year-old Gandhian Anna Hazare, who consented to walk out after spending his second night in prison despite having been released two days ago.
A public service announcement of sorts, advising people to "take care of (their) belongings as pick-pockets have already targeted at least four people", rang in the air even as a surging crowd of Hazare's supporters, mainly school children, mobbed and subsequently molested a female television journalist.
"They're just here to indulge in anarchy," said Neeta Sharma, 23, an MNC executive who rushed to the area with her colleagues to support Hazare but had to face lewd gestures and comments from a group of uniformed, government school boys who were waving tricolour flags but chanting obscene slogans.
According to the locals, the areas surrounding Tihar jail, which saw the biggest mass gathering in support of the anti-graft crusader since Tuesday, have turned into a picnic spot.
The presence of crowd, compared to the last two days, was normal till afternoon on Thursday. However, there was a huge turnout of school children from local government schools after 2 pm.
Finding the streets suitable for having fun and enjoyment, youths were found more interested in clicking pictures of each other and creating trouble for the fairer sex and getting captivated by a half-time show of sorts with a Baba Ramdev look-alike entertaining them as he repeatedly blinked his right eye to mock the Yoga guru.
"Not only they were passing vulgar comments on women, but also raising vulgar slogans. Some of them seem to have come on dates; they are sitting and munching snacks in some small parks located near the jail," said Sameer Verma, 37, a local resident. The presence of cameras, both still and television, seemed to be the only things which were attracting them.
"It seemed that coming in the focus of cameras was the only motive for which they had gathered here," said a volunteer from Team Anna.
First Published: Aug 19, 2011 00:30 IST