Expressing concern over the increasing violence against women, students of various schools and colleges observed bandh and came on to the streets at several places in Krishna District on Thursday.
Following the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call, the educational institutions voluntarily observed bandh in Vijayawada and other towns in the district. The managements of many schools gave SMS to the parents over mobile phones on closure of the institutions.
Some schools and colleges organised human chains, silent processions which culminated into meetings. They condemned the gang rape and murder of the young physiotherapist in a moving bus in New Delhi, last month.
The school students and staff formed serpentine queues on either sides of M.G. Road and expressed concern over increasing rapes, attacks and atrocities against women in the country. Protests were also registered in Gudivada, Machilipatnam, Nuzvid and other places over crime against women.
The Nalanda Vidya Niketan students took out a rally and paid tributes to the gang-rape victim.
They urged the Government to take measures to prevent recurrence of such heinous crimes. School state board wing Principal P.S. Sudha, CBSE wing Principal Susanth, primary school Headmistress M. Padmaja and others spoke.
Staff and students of NRI Institute of Technology and College of Pharmacy took out a silent march on Bandar Road. Later, they submitted a memorandum to Sub-Collector.
NRI IT Chairman R. Venkat Rao, Secretary K. Sreedhar, Principal Ch. Naga Bhaskar, NSS Coordinator P. Srinivas Rao and students of various branches registered their protest.
Members of Bazawada Bar Association organised a rally protesting the increasing crimes against women, which were creating insecurity among girls. They demanded stern action against the culprits involved in attacks and sexual assault cases.
Students of Maris Stella College NSS volunteers formed a human chain on the National Highway No.5, while Narayana School, Postal Department employees and other institutions took part in the protests.