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Delhi gangrape: People unite through social media for protests

Dec 22, 2012 01:33 PM IST India India

New Delhi: There is a nationwide outrage over the issue of women's safety after the horrific gangrape of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi. The movement has also gone viral. As the nation was numbed by the horror, protests spilled on to the streets across the country, and internet users, too, are seethed in anger. Twitter, Facebook, BBMs, the rape of the 23-year-old has left everyone shocked.

While Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan raised her voice in Parliament, her husband took it offline. In a Facebook post, actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote, "The gangrape in Delhi and its details are simply unmentionable...punish the culprits, with the most severe punishment ever...But also let us introspect!"

Others, too, joined the Big B, tweeting about the ghastly act. Actor Farhan Akhtar, who has starred in a Delhi Police Safety Campaign, tweeted, "Since the judiciary does not seem to work at the pace even the Police would want it to, ...they should create the environment of zero tolerance towards these crimes."

Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi too called for tightening secuity for women, "We demand an Ordinance on crime against women to b investigated,tried, punished within weeks of arrest! There are cases where this has happened," she tweeted.

The hashtag 'Delhi Gangrape' has been one of the top trends on Twitter for the past few days. Delhi-based sociologist Radhika Ralhan dismisses it as mere armchair activism. "We need people to know about this globally," she says.

That's not all, people are also logging on to spread the word and mobilise numbers. Ankush Bakshi, the organiser of a midnight protest in Delhi on December 25, said, "This has to become a process. The process has started, and it doesn't end here."

The chorus of justice is only growing louder for the girl, voices are ensuring that every tweet, every Facebook post and every BBM gives shape to the anger.


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