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Young and the old throng Panjim, demand justice for rape victims

The protestors raised slogans demanding that action be taken against the perpetrators and supporters of these heinous crimes.


Hundreds including students, youth and senior citizens participated in the candlelight vigil in Panjim demanding justice for the victims of the two brutal rape incidents in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh.

The gangrape-torture-murder of an eight-year-old girl from Kathua and the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl from Unnao followed by her father’s death in police custody have triggered public outrage across the country.

People from all walks of life participated in the rally held on April 15 evening, which started from the Miramar beach and culminated at the Azad Maidan, Panjim.

The protestors raised slogans demanding that action be taken against the perpetrators and supporters of these heinous crimes.

“I am happy to see that so many people have responded to the call (rally). If we put in such efforts there will be a change. I don’t think sitting at home and conveying opinions through social media can make any sort of difference. It is very easy to be loud over the social networks but it takes real action to change the mentality. I texted my friends, but it was everyone’s efforts as all united for the cause”, said Gretchen Baretto, a student from Cuncolim.

“Capital punishment should be given to the culprits. I know the human rights activists will come in the picture but the torturous punishment is the only answer to such heinous crimes in today’s world”, said Prof Prajal Sakhardande.

“Everyone is thinking about the fact that it was inhuman. I am just trying to say that we all need to know when something like this happens on such huge scale it cannot just be reminder at that moment. It is every day, even a small thing, irrespective of where we come from, no one is superior or inferior. We need to focus each day taking the word “human” from term “humanity” and just being it”, said Sonia Sabnis, a young writer.

Minority leader Urfan Mulla, said, “Without taking into consideration the religion and caste, the people of Goa have joined hands to seek justice for both victims. This is a good sign. Harmony in Goa has been there since ages but politicians are now trying to create a divide. Now, the society especially the youth has realised the dirty politics played by some politicians in the State and at the Centre”.

The All Goa Catholic Minority Front also condemned the rapes in both states alleging the involvement of police and politicians.

“It’s a shame that advocates have come out in support of rapists. They being protectors of law should hang themselves. We strongly condemn the entire incident and demand justice for both victims,” said Barnabe Sapeco, Convener of All Goa Catholic Minority Front.

Source: Herald Goa

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