It’s raining protests in Kolkata

z Demonstration against gangrapes reaches CM’s residence,13 held

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 14, 2013 12:56:09 am

Aroun 50-60 women from different outfits under the banner of “Nari Maitreyee” on Thursday held a flash protest outside Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat residence in connection with the two recent incidents of gangrape-murder in the state.

A 19-year-old college girl was gangraped and murdered in Barasat on June 6. Soon after,on June 11,a thirteen-year-old girl was raped and killed at Gede in Nadia.

Protesters,who claimed that they wanted to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister about “the deteriorating condition of women” in the state,were stopped by the police from entering the CM’s residence.

Police later picked up 13 protesters from the spot and took them to the police headquarters from where they were released.

“We did not plan to block roads or cause inconvenience to the people. We only wanted to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister . It was a peaceful agitation. However,police arrested us like criminals. What kind of democracy are we living in?” said Mallika Das,one of the protesters.

“We have demanded a speedy trial in all the rape cases. We also demand a secure transport system for students. So that they can continue with their education without any fear,” she added.

Meanwhile,the city continued to witness protests by different outfits. Braving rain,members of the students’ wing of the Congress,CPM and right’s group APDR held rallies in different parts of the city. Four Left students organisation,including the SFI and DYFI,held another round of protests and blocked roads in Esplanade.

SFI state president Madhuja Sen Roy,who met a senior official of the Chief Minister’s Office,said: “We demanded the government to take security measures for women’s safety,failing which we will launch a greater movement.

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