As the entire country was moved by the heart-rending death of the gang-rape victim of the paramedical student in New Delhi last month, not many are able to put up with the unsettling incident.

Insecurity still lurks almost everyday among family members and women while stepping out. Aiming to make society a safe place, I year student of Gayatri Vidya Parishad School of Engineering Rushikonda G. Siddhartha has organised ‘candle light mourning’in Steel Plant Township Ukkunagaram, taking out a rally to help build safer environment for women and support the outcry of reviewing the laws to condemn similar incidents.

A group of 200 people were divided into two groups. The first group started off at Sector 5 of Ukkunagaram and reached Sector 1 via Sector 4 whereas the other group began their walk from Sector 8 near shopping complex and reached Sector 8 Mahatma Gandhi Park passing through sectors 9 and 11. The march that started off at 7:15 p.m. continued till 8:45 p.m. A two-minute silence was also observed at the end of the procession in which girls from other colleges also participated.

They displayed placards with messages of ‘real men do not rape’, ‘we want to be saved not raped’, ‘we need change in laws’, ‘girls are not toys to you’ and ‘we need justice’. Raising slogans all through the rally, they said that the brutal conduct against women should be stopped not only in the capital city but all over the country.

Speaking about the need to protect women, Mr. Siddhartha said: “We are going to identify unemployed women in the city and provide training on cab-driving. So that women can feel safer while commuting at nights after their work. This initiative not only empowers women but also helps those who want to reach their homes in the night.” He said that B-Safe application in smart phones can track the location of the woman apart from sending alert messages to the listed persons in case of emergencies.”

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