There are protests across the country seeking immediate action and justice for rape and murder of 8-year-old Kathua and the Unnao rape survivor. The country and its citizens are up with posters, and their voices to seek justice for the horrific rapes in India.

In Delhi, lawyers, activists, students and others gathered at India Gate, to raise questions and March. “It’s time for us to ask ourselves how we have fared on the promise of our constitution? Do citizens of our country live with dignity? Do we have freedom of voice? Do we have equality? We must hang our heads in shame” – protesters ask, in a note being shared with the crowd.

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“It’s time for us to ask ourselves how we have fared on the promise of our constitution? Do citizens of our country live with dignity? Do we have freedom of voice? Do we have equality? We must hang our heads in shame”

In Mumbai Bandra’s carter road actors, activists, citizens and students joined with placards calling out the bigotry in the way rape has been dealt with and the law and order situation in the country.

SheThePeople’s Akansha Gupta was there to join the march and this is what people said to her:

“We need a spectacle of a punishment and it must be immediate, fear needs to be instilled in such people. It’s deep conditioning that needs to be uprooted and it will take a really long time there’s no immediate remedy,” said Hannah Stephen of Sophia College.

People called for being politically agnostic on issues of rape and assault. Why must we politicise rape in India? The horror that a child was made a pawn for religious mileage. “I don’t belong to any political party. I just want to say that all that’s going on is a fight between Hindu and Muslims. She’s an eight-year-old girl, she doesn’t know Hinduism from Islam, for no fault of her own she was violated beyond belief while all the politicians stay silent and perpetuate this violence.”

India needs to have many such marches and not sit back this time.

Another protester shared, India needs to have many such marches and not sit back this time. The nation must collectively speak up shared Ritu Rathod. “It brings together people firstly, and we get a good idea of the strength of the mass. How many people are fighting for a cause. You feel you are not alone and there are enough like-minded people out there who want justice. You feel less disheartened,” she said.

Arshia Santanu (18) said she was disgusted with how nothing has changed for years in India. “It’s been so many years that India’s fighting for the same thing over and over again. Regardless of the number of art forms like poetry like anything we still don’t get the justice we need. And the from government is doing little or nothing at all. That’s why my sign says time is up because it’s high time the government starts reacting to this”.

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