(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 28, 2013
GHASTLY RAPE CASE IN
Arrest of Erring Police Officials Demanded
several organisations of women organised a protest action
against the brutal
rape of a five years old girl in the national capital --- in
brutal act that took place just a few months after the
The agitated protestors gathered outside the police headquarters at ITO to demand strict and quick action against the accused, and raised angry slogans outside the HQ for more than an hour.
From the ITO, the protesting students moved on to demonstrate outside the residence of Sushil Kumar Shinde, the union home minister. They demanded that the home minister must own the responsibility for the deteriorating law and order situation in the national capital, as Delhi Police is directly under him, and take immediate steps to better it. In light of this incident, they said, there is an urgent need to implement the Justice Verma committee’s recommendations in full, as the UPA government’s ordinance against sexual violence has yielded nothing. The SFI said it would continue fighting for these demands in the coming days.
CITU HOLDS GOVT
On the same day, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions expressed its sense of shock over the horrific rape of this small girl who is the daughter of a daily waged casual labourer. The CITU statement on the day deplored the inaction of the police when the father went to report that his daughter was missing. This once again highlights the total indifference and hostility displayed by the police force to any complaints from the poorer sections of society. Timely action by the police to find the child could have prevented the ghastly incident, the CITU noted. Adding insult to injury, the father of the rape survivor was offered a bribe of Rs 2000 by the police to keep quiet over the matter.
The CITU also expressed outrage over the behaviour of an ACP who slapped a young woman protester at the hospital where the child was admitted. The CITU condemned the criminal dereliction of duty and blatant violation of laws by the supposed enforcers of law and order, and demanded that any policemen or officers guilty of these must be dismissed from service immediately, arrested and tried.
The CITU said that for effective deterrence the culprits in all cases of violence against women must be arrested and given quick and severe punishment. Fast track courts must be set up all over the country to ensure speedy punishment to the guilty.
The organisation also reiterated its long standing demand that the government must provide crèche and day-care facilities, especially in working class areas, in order to provide security and care for the children of workers who are at work.
Holding the government responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in the country, the CITU urged upon the working class to be in the forefront of struggles to stop the violence against women and children.
ROHTAK DC POLICE
RUNS AWAY FROM DUTY
ON April , several women,
youth and children belonging
to the Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Democratic Youth Federation of
Addressing the protestors, AIDWA national vice president Dr Jagmati Sangwan appealed to all sections of society to come forward and raise their voice against all forms of violence against women and their degradation, and demand a better environment at workplaces, public places or in homes. She also stressed the need to fix up accountability of law enforcing agencies and strict action for dereliction of duty.
Savita demanded immediate arrest of police officials who
attempted to suppress
the heinous episode so as to save the culprit and of the
officer who slapped a
girl protestor at
A memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister was handed over to the tehsildar.