Cry for justice gets louder; massive rallies continue in Hyderabad vet rape-murder case

TC Bureau: Massive rallies continued as hundreds of Hyderabadis, across the city, took to the streets to demand justice for the veterinarian. With placards in hand and prayers on their lips — for the deceased and her family — students, lawyers and residents gathered at different locations to urge the authorities to mete out strictest punishment to the accused, at the earliest. Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), while decrying police for their “apathy”, said they will continue with rallies till “culprits are not hanged”. “Be it rape of a nine-month-old in Warangal, brutal murder of veterinary doctor in Shamshabad or other crimes against women reported recently — all are a result of the apathy of police and state government.

These incidents show their sheer negligence,” said Srinidhi Tripati, national general secretary, ABVP, who participated in the rally from Sundarayya Vignana Kendra to Indira Park. “It is not SHE team, but show team,” she said. The sentiments of those part of National Students’ Union of India’s candlelight march at SR Nagar were much the same. “The state should immediately strengthen SHE teams and organise awareness programmes. Also, the culprits should be punished by fast-track as early as possible so that men are afraid of committing such heinous crimes,” said Swami, vice-president, NSUI, Telangana. Participants said the emotions and anger should be channelised into a constructive course of action to enhance safety and security of women.

In another part of Hyderabad, outside the Bar Council gate, about 200 advocates gathered, to reiterate the nation’s demand for speedy justice. They aired another demand: a separate bench — all across trial courts to Supreme Court — to deal with such cases. “Also, it must be ensured that these matters reach their finality (at the SC) within three months and not drag on for years,” said S Janardhan Goud, former secretary of Telangana HC Advocates’ Association. Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT) also held a candlelight vigil. Over 450 people gathered near Raidurgam Metro station in HiTec City, demanding swift action against the perpetrators. Similar protests were organised BJP, Christian community and Manuu students. Meanwhile, Congress demanded that municipal minister KT Rama Rao visit the residence of the veterinarian and console her family.

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