Candlelight procession to seek anti-rape squad in police stations
Kundapur: The students and public along with doctor held a silent candlelight protest in Shastri Circle Kundapur on June 17 to establish anti-rape squad in all police stations across the county.
The protest led by Dr Kalashri Doctor of Kundapur government hospital along with her companion Chethan, Noel Mathew, a doctor from Fr Muller Medical College in Mangaluru who is started this campaign and Local nursing college students. FSL volunteers also joined the protest. They took out a candle light rally from Shastri Circle to Kundapur new bus-stand.
Addressing to the media persons Dr Noel Mathew sharing his views on the horrific murder and rape of 30-year-old Jisha at her house in Perumbavoor in Kerala was the final push for Noel to pursue what he has been putting off for a while – “stand up against rape”. Today many women find it difficult to visit a police station to file a complaint. The government should set up a special anti-rape squad in all police stations across the country, which should include three professional women police officers as well as forensic experts and a dedicated 24X7 support centre.
There is a sense of anxiety and a kind of mental harassment in approaching the police station. The rape victim is considered as a loser. The anti-rape squad, consisting of women officers, should change that into a comfortable ambience for the victim to open up. A stringent law and speedy trial will reduce the number of rape cases, he added.
By Jayashekar Kundapur