Kathua Rape-Murder Case
An 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district was kidnapped in January 10, while she was grazing horses. The girl was then sedated, starved and gang-raped by a group of people which included police officers. The girl's head was then bashed with a stone to ensure she died. The Kathua rape-murder case triggered massive controversy after the incident became heavily politicised. Two BJP ministers from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet defended the accused and after massive outrage, were forced to resign from the cabinet. The girl's family has now decided to ask the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.
Unnao Rape Case
In Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, a minor girl tried to commit suicide outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence last Sunday, after inaction over a complaint in which she alleged that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar had raped her. The girl's father was then later picked up by the police and assaulted in custody, following which he died.
At the protest against the Kathua and Unnao rapes, residents of Delhi came out on streets with banners saying "Make [women safe] In India", a play on the title of the government's drive to boost manufacturing. "Our aim is to make wake them even if they keep on sleeping," one of the participants said.
The protests in Mumbai were attended in large numbers. The protests against the Kathua, Unnao rape cases have been held in Mumbai's Carter Road.
Delhi spoke up too! Never forget who tried to shield the culprits of these disgusting crimes in #Unnao#Kathua . More gruesome child rape/murders since! #SuratRape victim must also get justice, as must all others. #RapeRoko#FastTrackCourtsNOW#StrictestSentencesForRapistshttps://t.co/U82XF1Mqyc- VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) April 15, 2018
First time young women protesters - a geologist, a nurse, a school student, MBBS, MBA students - join protests in #Trivandrum . Say, "we are women. We have to speak up. culprits have to be punished." @ndtv#MyStreetMyProtest, #NotInMyName#Keralapic.twitter.com/iiFxU4Gxfo- Sneha Koshy (@SnehaMKoshy) April 15, 2018
Singer and music composer Vishal Dadlani joined the protests against the Unnao and Kathua rape cases on Sunday, taking on people who he said were shielding the accused. "Do not fall for the ruse to divide us on Hindu-Muslim lines. That's the legacy of the British," he said.
Parents in Trivandrum joining the protests with their children, against rapes, violence in India. Saying they worry for their children. Want justice for the victims/survivors. #MyStreetMyProtest#NotInMyName#Keralapic.twitter.com/IkEj1WWUGA- Sneha Koshy (@SnehaMKoshy) April 15, 2018
After joining the protests in Mumbai, Vishal Dadlani has called for fast track courts for dealing with rape cases, especially with respect to minors.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has joined Swati Maliwal on her hunger strike.
Activists who had participated in the 'Not In My Name' protests last year have gathered in Parliament street in New Delhi to protest against the Kathua, Unnao rape cases.
Protests against the Kathua, Unnao rape cases have begun in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Protesting the Kathua, Unnao rape cases, the Delhi Commission for Women's chief, Swati Maliwal, is currently sitting on a hunger strike.
Protests in Bengaluru are said to take place at the Freedom Park area at around 5.30 pm.
In Ajmer city, protests will commence at 6.30 pm in the city's Vijay Smarak area.
Protests against the Kathua, Unnao rape cases have been called by the activists who participated in the NotInMyName processions last year. The protests will happen today at 5 pm.
Protests against the Kathua, Unnao rape cases in Mumbai are likely to commence at 5.30 today in Mumbai's Carter Road area in Bandra.
Activists who had earlier gathered during the #NotInMyName protest in June last year, have planned a Citizen's protest today.
The protests have been planned for across India, including in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Protests have also been planned in Kerala and Goa.