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Wednesday , December 26 , 2012
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Protester marches alone for Delhi rape victim

- Activist Kishore Giri organised similar protests after BTAD violence, serial blasts and Dhemaji killing

Dec. 25: City-based activist and singer Kishore Giri today joined hands with the thousands who raised their voice against atrocities on women following the brutal rape in New Delhi.

Strumming the strings of his guitar and carrying a banner with the message — Do not harass women, they are our lovely mothers, sisters and daughters — in it, the singer went on a march in the city this morning to make the voice against atrocities on women stronger.

During his lone march from near Dighalipukhuri to the Assam Textile Institute at Ambari, Giri sang the message in various tunes and attracted the attention of pedestrians.

His message, hoped Giri, would spread among the people and they would stand against all sorts of atrocities on women.

Giri said he is troubled when he comes to know about any such case.

The rape case in New Delhi, molestation incidents in Manipur and Assam troubled the artiste deeply and prompted him to pick up the guitar as a weapon to fight injustice.

“If women are not respected then society and the mankind as a whole will suffer. To protect the world we must respect women and treat them respectfully,” said Giri.

Giri organised similar protest programmes after the recent communal conflict in BTAD areas, serial blasts in 2008 and Dhemaji blast in 2004.

He said he also held a solo protest against Ulfa during the 1990s.

In fact, Giri used the form of protest he started two decades ago. “I did not take people with me as it would have led to a traffic jam. I believe if the message is good then one man is enough to carry it to the people,” said the guitarist.

Giri said more and more people should come forward to force the lawmakers to frame stricter laws to punish those who commit atrocities on women.

“The protest against atrocities on women is growing every day. This is a good sign. More people should come forward to force the lawmakers to frame strict laws,” said Giri.

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