Hundreds of protestors have gathered at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar over the brutal gang-rape of a 19-year-old Dalit girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on September 14. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has joined the protest.
“There should be no politics on this issue. Why should such an incident happen in UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mumbai or Delhi? No rape incidents should happen in the country,” Kejriwal said.
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also joined Jantar Mantar protest and demanded to sack of UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Youth Congress members dressed as Mahatma Gandhi also demonstrated.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) tweeted, “Entry & exit gate for Janpath is closed. Trains will not be halting at this station. Exit gates for Rajiv Chowk and Patel Chowk are closed.
They also said that gathering of up to 100 people is permissible at Jantar Mantar and that too with the prior permission of the competent authority.
“The general public is hereby informed that in view of DDMA order dated 03.09.2020 a total gathering up to 100 persons is permissible at the designated place i.e. Jantar Mantar and that too with the prior permission of the competent authority.
At around 5 pm, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad had also called a protest at India Gate. However, the agitation had been shifted to Jantar Mantar.
Bhim Army protesters are expected to join hundreds of people in what will likely be a fiery protest at Jantar Mantar.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi tweeted in support of the protest that prompted the police to ban large crowds around India Gate.
According to PTI, the victim had gone to the fields with her mother, where the accused allegedly abducted her. She was found badly injured in nearby fields. The girl had been beaten and tortured so badly that she had bitten on her own tongue in pain when the accused attempted to strangle her.