| A girl holds up a placard at Dighalipukhuri on Thursday denouncing crimes against women. Picture by UB Photos |
Jan. 3: Several youths and activists gathered near Dighalipukhuri this evening to protest against the alleged rape attempt by a postman at Silpukhuri yesterday as well as the alleged rape by senior BTAD Congress leader Bikram Singh Brahma early this morning.
The protesters demanded capital punishment for those assaulting women sexually and long-term measures by the Kamrup (metro) administration to prevent all crimes against women, thereby making the city safe.
“Despite the fact that a 23-year-old woman lost her life after being raped and brutalised by a few men, such incidents continue to happen. We cannot tolerate such instances any more. A postman had attempted to rape a woman at her residence on Wednesday. This man should be strictly punished so that others think twice before even thinking of committing such crimes. Several activists had even submitted a memorandum before the Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner, demanding immediate measures to make the city safe for women. But even after a week, we have not received any concrete response from the district administration,” Pranjal Bordoloi, an activist participating in the protest, said.
Some participants also questioned why was the country safe for politicians and not for common people.
“We condemn sexual assault on women and the guilty should be awarded capital punishment, as this is the only way to curb such crimes. The country should be safe for the common people as much as it is for the Prime Minister. The politicians keep claiming that the country is safe. If that is true, why don’t they venture out without security guards? What kind of democracy is this? Such incidents keep happening and the accused always manage to escape punishment, while the victims never get justice and have to resign to their fate,” Chiranjib Chakraborty, a young professional, said.
“After the Delhi rape, we had submitted a memorandum to the district administration, demanding strict measures to make the city safe and also severe punishment for those guilty of committing crimes against women. But so far we have not received any concrete response from the administration. Today, a woman accused a politician of raping her in Chirang district. We are shocked as to how can a politician, who is duty-bound to work for the good and safety of common people, even commit such a crime? If people who seek votes during elections rape women, who can we ultimately trust?” Parul Deka, a young activist, questioned.