Gangrape: Demand for justice grows, protests held in UK
Posted on: 06:35 AM IST Jan 08, 2013
New Delhi: Voices demanding justice for women are not just coming from India. Protests were held in Central London to condemn sexual violence. The protesters held a demonstration outside the Indian High Commission to demand justice for the 23-year-old Delhi braveheart.
The small but vocal gathering waved placards and chanted slogans calling for justice. The demonstration organised by a London-based ethnic minority women's rights organisation Southall Black Sisters, brought together men and women from various backgrounds to protest against the brutal rape
"The reason I am here is because I have been shaken to my very core by this crime. India is a brilliant country in many ways, where the ordinary people can come out in such full force against injustice. But until the government can fulfil their expectations, the battle remains unfinished," said British Asian filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, who joined the protest with her writer husband Paul Mayeda Berges.
A handful of police officers were on duty to keep the crowd under check and prevent any traffic hiccups around India House in central London. Slogans such as "we want justice" and "Halla Bol" could be heard throughout the three-hour-long peaceful demonstration and placards exhorted the Indian government to punish the guilty.
"It is important that we show our solidarity to this cause. Rape is a worldwide problem and this shocking case just highlights the need for some long overdue action," said a 21-year-old student, part of a group from the London School of Economics (LSE) across the road.
The LSE Gender Institute is backing the next major meeting in London on the issue of gender violence, being organised by a series of women's organisations on its campus on January 23.
With additional information from PTI