Candlelight vigil for Asifa

Hundreds turn up near Indira Gandhi statue

April 14, 2018 08:14 am | Updated 09:12 pm IST - Hyderabad

A girl holds a placard demanding justice for Asifa, and the teenager raped in Unnao.

A girl holds a placard demanding justice for Asifa, and the teenager raped in Unnao.

A candlelight vigil demanding justice for Asifa, the eight-year-old girl from Kathua, and the teenaged girl from Unnao, saw hundreds of citizens turn up near Indira Gandhi statue on Friday evening. The silent protest continued for some time before people started raising slogans demanding that action be taken against the perpetrators of rape and those supporting the rapists in both the cases.

“This is an impromptu protest. I was shaken to the core with what's happening in the country and thought, Hyderabad must be thinking the way I was thinking. At 7.56 p.m. on Thursday, I posted about my protest and today hundreds of people turned up. Even passers-by stopped to join the protest,” said Mukti Bosco, who initiated the silent vigil.

“When a few people raised slogans for terrorists, they were branded as potential terrorists. Now, I feel if people are supporting rapists, they might be potential rapists. This is not our idea of India. I want an India where people respect the Constitution,” said Syed Abdul Mussavir, a protestor.

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