Scores of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) workers were detained on Monday for protesting outside Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. The protest was over the rape of a 27-year-old woman by a taxi driver on Friday night.
AAP activists reached Singh’s residence at Ashoka Road on Monday morning with placards criticising the Centre for its failure to check such incidents. Protesters were detained by police and taken to Parliament Street police station.
“It has been six months since this government came to power but nothing has changed. They used to blame the Centre when UPA was in power. Now, they are skirting the responsibility,” a protester said.”
“The government cannot skirt this issue. We demand strict action against those in the wrong,” Anmol Pawar, president of Delhi University’s AAP student wing, said.
The party said they will also protest outside the Lieutenant-Governor’s house.
Later, NSUI workers also staged a demonstration outside the Home Minister’s residence demanding strict punishment for the taxi driver.
“The government, which talked about its concern for women’s safety during poll campaigning, is now silent. We demand stringent punishment for the rapist,” NSUI national spokesperson Amrish Ranjan Pandey said.
“Besides punishment for the rapist, we also demand the resignation of the Home Minister. Law and order in this country has gone for a toss since he has taken over,” Pandey said.