JAMMU: Seeking justice for the Hathras rape and murder victim victim, Mahila Panthers activists spearheaded by Manju Singh, General Secretary JKNPP and other women leaders staged a protest demonstration here today. The protesters raised the slogans to express the raging fury of the womenfolk all across the country.
Addressing the media, Manju Singh said that the bizarre Hathras rape incident had not only put a blot on our society but also exposed the ground reality of the anarchical regime running in the country. “The ordeal and trauma faced by the innocent dalit girl of Hathras bears the testimony that our social system still needed thorough overhauling in terms of women empowerment, prejudice against fair sex and most importantly, a responsible policing. There was an attempt to cover up the whole incident and the girl was not given a proper treatment when her mortal remains were consigned to flames in the wee hours of night and that too without the wishes of her family, she said.
Manju Singh said that Hathras episode symbolized barbarism and bestial psyche of the criminals at its worst. “With ever increasing cases of rapes, murders, kidnappings, etc, the law and order situation in the country had fast crumbled under the BJP rule. Not only the present episode of gang rape and murder but similar cases of rapes and murders had occurred in Balrampur, Azamgarh, Buland Sheher, Laskshmipur and Kheri districts of UP in last few weeks only. A feeling of insecurity had haunted the womenfolk all across the nation in view of steep rise in cases of such heinous offences against women. The Saffron slogan of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padao” sold with a big splash and fanfare had proved a farce. She demanded resignations of both Modi and Yogi in view of the prevalent lawlessness in the country and UP in particular. Women are surely not safe under BJP rule, she added.
Condemning the Hathras episode, Anita Choudhary, Secretary Mahila Panthers urged upon the intelligentsia and civil society to raise its voice against ever growing crime especially against women.
Prominent among Mahila leaders who participated in the protest included Ranbir Kour, Yogita, Radha Manhas, Geeta, Seema, Rimpy, Radhika, Shallu, Sanjana, Kajal, Reena besides others.