Warangal public outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases

Warangal public outrage over Kathua and Unnao rape cases
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As protests galore over Kathua and Unnao rape cases across the country, different organisations in the erstwhile Warangal district have also expressed their dissent over atrocities against marginalised sections.

Warangal: As protests galore over Kathua and Unnao rape cases across the country, different organisations in the erstwhile Warangal district have also expressed their dissent over atrocities against marginalised sections.

The district has been witnessing unending protests over the last week, with protestors demanding severe punishment to the accused involved in the cases. On Friday, the activists of Democratic Teachers Federation (DTF), CPI and different minority organisations staged protests at different areas in the district.

CPI district secretary S Karunakar and DTF leaders, who staged a protest with black flags at Kaloji centre in Hanamkonda, alleged that cases of sexual offences against women were on the rise under BJP-led NDA government’s rule. National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) state working president Nedunuri Jyothi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and women members of Union Cabinet of maintaining silence over the issue of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from Bakarwal nomad community in Kathua district in Kashmir.

In Unnao of Uttar Pradesh, the Adityanath government was trying to shield a BJP legislator, who was accused of allegedly raping a minor and intimidating her family. These incidents prove indifferent attitude of BJP towards women and girls, she complained.

Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) Warangal city president Syed Ahmed Ali and secretary Md Firdouse Ali demanded strictest action on the perpetrators regardless of their social and political background and bring in more matured laws to deal with the issues of communal and hate crimes.
The perpetrators have not just stopped at committing such heinous crimes, but have been using all their influence to stop the judicial proceedings against them.

Sadly, some groups with powerful political and social background have also been supporting the accused, they complained. District Congress leaders N Rajender Reddy, K Srinivas Rao, EV Srinivas Rao, B Srinivas Rao and others, who led series of protests like candle light vigil during the past week, have accused the BJP government of failing to ensure safety of women and girls in the country.

The protests were being staged in even remote places like Mangapet in Jayashanker Bhupalpally district, where a group of minority youth taken out a rally on Friday seeking justice for Kathua rape and murder victim. Similar protests took place at Mahabubabad and Jangaon as well.

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