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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Candle march taken out for rape victims

Candle march taken out for rape victims
Students of GNDEC, Ludhiana, take out 'March for Justice' to seek justice for gang-rape victims, in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Jaswant Shetra

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 16

Students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College (GNDEC), Ludhiana, carried out a candle march to seek justice for gang rape victims in Ludhiana on Monday.

Over 500 college students took part in this ‘March for Justice’ carried out by HELPS Welfare Society established and run by the students of the college.

The march was carried out on the college campus and the participating students were carrying placards demanding justice for rape victims. After the march, the students also staged a peaceful protest in front of the college gate for around one hour. Though no member of the college staff took part in the march, but the march was fully supported by college authorities.

Expressing their grief and anger over the increasing incidents of gang rape and violence against women during the march, the students also signed a petition demanding from the government to form stringent laws to prevent such kind of incidents in the future. The petition signed by the students would be sent to the Prime Minister Office.

According to Sandeep Kumar, President of HELPS Welfare Society, more than 600 hundred students of GNDEC signed the petition during the first day. “This signature drive would continue for one week. Under this signature drive we aim to collect signatures of more than 2,000 students of various educational institutes. After collecting the signatures we will send the petition to the PMO,” informed Sandeep Kumar.

Meanwhile, law students and library members of Punjab University Regional Center, Ludhiana, also organised a peaceful candle march in protest of recently happened gang rape and murder case of Asifa in Kathua. The march started from the campus premises and concluded at the same place after making a round of fountain chowk.

Capital punishment for rapists

Congress MLA from Ludhiana East, Sanjay Talwar, has demanded from the state government to make a provision of awarding capital punishment for guilty of rape. Through a letter written to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Talwar, said, keeping in view the increasing incidents of rape and gang rape with the girls, the state government should make change in law and award death sentence to the people who are found guilty of raping girls. Giving examples of states like, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, Talwar said the governments of these states have passed resolutions to amend the law for awarding capital punishment for people found guilty of raping minor girls.

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