The Delhi Police on Friday registered a case against protestors, who had gathered at Jantar Mantar here against the alleged gang-rape and assault of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, for violation of prohibitory orders, officials said.
Hundreds of civil society members, students, women, political leaders and NGOs reached the protest site on Friday evening, calling for harsh punishment for the accused in the Hathras gang rape case, while some demanded a fair investigation into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the police said.
“As the protestors violated orders under section 144 of CrPC and other restrictions imposed to combat COVID-19, a case under sections 188 of IPC and provisions of the Epidemic Act and the Disaster Management Act has been registered against them at the Parliament Street police station,” a senior police officer said.
Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, actor Swara Bhasker, Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad, AAP legislator Saurabh Bhardwaj and Left leaders Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and D Raja were among those who attended the protest.
Social distancing norms went for a toss and some protesters were seen raising slogans without wearing masks.
The police said they kept on asking participants to keep their masks on and maintain distance even as the number of protesters swelled.
On Thursday, the Delhi Police had said that no gathering would be allowed around India Gate due to imposition of section 144 of CrPC. They also said that gathering of up to 100 people was permissible at Jantar Mantar and that too with prior permission of the competent authority.
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