How We, Jadavpur Univ Students, Marched For CBI Probe in Gaya Case

The apathy of the state has enraged us students.

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The students of Jadavpur University took to the streets on 16 January and marched peacefully demanding justice for the teen. 
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Patwatoli locality in Bihar’s Gaya district is in terror after the gruesome rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl who went missing from there on 28 December. Her dead body was found in pieces on 6 January.

After JNU and BHU, on 16 January, the students of Jadavpur University in Kolkata took to the streets and marched peacefully with torchlights from the campus area to Dhakuria demanding justice for her. The rally involved almost 800 students.

A photo from the protest.
A photo from the protest.
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

One of the main demands of the students was a CBI investigation into the incident. The post mortem report, which was initially delayed, stated that the heart and lungs of the girl were missing (as reported by The Indian Express). A question arises on the authenticity of the report. We believe that a report delayed is a report tampered with.

Close friends and neighbours of the victim have stated to the media that the police is corrupt and is torturing her parents. We demand the police stop torturing her parents and release them soon and put the actual culprits behind bars. We need a CBI probe to unveil the true facts of this case.

A slogan reads ‘Victims Have No Caste, They are Daughters of India’.
A slogan reads ‘Victims Have No Caste, They are Daughters of India’.
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

Safety of girls has always been in question, and after Nirbhaya and brutal rape of a minor in Kathua, the Bihar incident has left us shaken. The saddest part is that the media did not cover such a heinous crime when it should have been the concern of the nation. There are different versions of the story everywhere.

Protestors at the site. 
Protestors at the site. 
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

Slogans the students of Jadavpur University chanted echo our frustrations that the perpetrators are still at large. “Hum sharminda hain, tere qatil zinda hain (we are embarrassed, your murderers are alive)" ; "Bihar Police Shame Shame" ; "We want CBI"; could be heard loud and clear.

Photo from the protest.
Photo from the protest.
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

No incident concerning the safety of women is less than any other and they should be addressed at a national level.

A slogan reads ‘Delayed Report is Tampered Report’.
A slogan reads ‘Delayed Report is Tampered Report’.
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

Any rally or march may not give us immediate result, but each one forces the authority and the government to rethink their decisions. It gives them the realisation that in a democratic society, the interest of the 'people' should be the priority.

Students shout slogans at the protest.
Students shout slogans at the protest.
(Photo Courtesy: Manjistha Sarkar)

We hope that she gets justice and that her murderers get the punishment they deserve. The number of crimes against women is increasing day by day and still the government is ignorant about it. The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, too thought of keeping shut! There is only one question that remains – are girls safe at all?

(The author is a student of Jadavpur University. All 'My Report' branded stories are submitted by citizen journalists to The Quint. Though The Quint inquires into the claims/allegations from all parties before publishing, the report and the views expressed above are the citizen journalist's own. The Quint neither endorses, nor is responsible for the same.)

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