Woman protests near Parliament over increasing crimes against women

A woman in police detention along with her brother after she reportedly staged a protest over the gangrape and murder of Hyderabad woman veterinarian in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

A young woman from Delhi sat on a pavement near Parliament holding a placard in protest against increasing incidents of crime against women (November 23). The student identified as Anu Dubey was holding a placard with the slogan ‘Why I can’t feel safe in my own Bharat’ while sitting on the pavement near Parliament gate number 2-3.

She was asked to go to Jantar Mantar to continue her protest, but when she refused, she was taken to Parliament Street police station in a police vehicle and was seen sobbing, said a senior police officer.

Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, alleged that the woman was beaten by police.

“Troubled by the traumatic rape incident in Hyderabad, when a student wanted to raise her voice, she was detained and beaten up by the Delhi Police. I met the girl at the police station, she is scared. Will this be the fate of those who raise their voices?

“The DCW will issue a notice over this shameful incident. An FIR should be lodged against those involved,” Maliwal tweeted.

However, the police denied the allegations and AAP called the incident ‘shameful’.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh asked Delhi police the reason for ‘scratching’ the woman, saying all she was demanding was justice for a 27-year-old doctor in Hyderabad who was raped and killed.

“The behaviour (of police) with her depicts the deterioration of law and order situation in Delhi and inactivity of the Centre. The incident and the attitude of the police towards her is shameful,” he told reporters, in response to a question.

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Dubey’s protest came a day after the charred body of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was found on the outskirts of Hyderabad which sparked national outrage. She was raped and killed allegedly by four men who had deflated the tyres of her two-wheeler.

In Ranchi, a 25-year-old law student was allegedly raped by a group of armed men, following which all the 12 accused were arrested.

(With inputs from agencies)

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