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Anger and widespread protests in city against gang-rape

Staff Reporter, Bhopal

The principal opposition Congress opened a front against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government over the gang-rape incident. Congress workers gehraoed the GRP Police Station here and stated demonstration. Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh described this incident more disgraceful than the ‘Nirbhaya’ case.

He wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking legal provision for capital punishment to rapists. Congress leaders slammed the state government for the gang-rape of the civil services aspirant in the state capital.

The party leaders said they were not satisfied with the action taken by the police and the Chief Minister’s assurances. Ajay Singh said Chouhan’s tall claims that women were safe and empowered in the state have been exposed after the college student’s gang-rape.

He said if a police officer’s daughter was not safe in the state capital, one can imagine the condition of women in the rest of the state. There is a total collapse of law and order.

This is worse than the Nirbhaya incident because of the way the police behaved and it is a slap on the Shivraj Singh Chouhan BJP government’s face by a bunch of criminals, Ajay Singh said.

He further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh should immediately initiate steps and make provisions for capital punishment for rapists.

Cong workers hold demo

Congress workers held a demonstration at the GRP police station at Habibganj on Friday morning to register their protest and demand more stringent action against the police officials.

“This police station should be closed down. In any case, they are not functioning, so why keep them open,” said Congress leader PC Sharma. Party leaders said figures show Madhya Pradesh continues to be one of the most unsafe and dangerous places for women in the country as one woman is raped in the central state roughly every two hours.

They said 11 women were raped every day and six gang-raped every week in Madhya Pradesh on an average during the previous one year and over half of the rape victims were minors.

Senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia Lok Sabha MP from Guna tweeted on Friday, “Extremely shameful incident in Madhya Pradesh state capital where girls are not safe even during the day.”

Various groups hold protests

Different political outfits and groups of citizens organized protests in various parts of the city on Friday to protest against the gang-rape. Aam Admi Party activists, wearing black badges, organized a protest at the Jyoti Talkies Square.

They said the law and order situation had worsened and women were very unsafe. They said the there has been worrying rise in the numbers of rapes and the women and girls are not safe anywhere.

Those who participated in the demonstration included Akshay Hunka, Wajid Ali, Arun Shrivastava, Siddharth Gupta and others.A candle light vigil at Roshanpura Square was organized by a group of women under the aegis of former corporator Tasleem Lashkari.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary Badal Saroj demanded Home Minister Bhoopendra Singh’s removal in connection with

Posted in: Bhopal

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