The BJP Mahila Morcha on Wednesday kicked off a 10-day march from Kamduni in North-24 Parganas district to Kakdwip in South-24 Parganas to protest against alleged rising atrocities against women across the state under the TMC regime.
The 124-km march is being led by state BJP Mahila Morcha president Roopa Ganguly and it began at 12.30 pm from Kamduni where a 20-year-old college student was gang-raped and murdered in 2013. Nearly 600 BJP workers participated in the march, which will conclude in Kakdwip on February 12.
Flanked by national BJP Mahila Morcha president Vijaya Rahatkar, party national general secretary and Bengal observer Kailash Vijayvargiya and state BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Ganguly said Bengal wanted a change in regime. “There had been over 38,000 incidents of violence against women during the Trinamool regime. TMC leaders, cadres and police are together trying to throttle the voice of the people and Opposition parties. Common people are looking for a real change which will come about when people vote out the present disposition. We will ask the people to vote fearlessly this time as it would be overseen by central forces,” Ganguly said.
Rahatkar said incidents of rape, murder and abduction of women in Bengal had been increasing over the past few years. “Women of no age seem to be safe here,” she said.
The two women protesters – Mousumi Kayal and Tumpa Kayal – who had spearheaded the movement seeking justice for the Kamduni rape victim, came and met the BJP leaders before the march but did not take part in it. “We appreciate any protest against women atrocities in the state, but as we had said, we will not participate in any of those carried out under any political banner,” Mousumi said, after paying floral tribute to the victim.
The BJP protesters reached Baguiati on the first day, covering about 30 km. They would halt for the night here and resume on Thursday. An ambulance has also been kept on the standby for dealing with any medical emergencies.