Gangtok: Protesting against the increasing incidence of crime against women and to create awareness on women’s safety, members of the Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum (SPYF) organised a rally in Gangtok, Sikkim on Tuesday.
The rally, which commenced from Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College to Titanic Park on MG Marg, was attended by members of SPYF along with other students.
The rally particularly raised concern against the recent molestation case that was brought to light from Sikkim University in which students were allegedly molested by their professor. Also, they raised the concern about the raping of a three-year-old girl in Chakung, Soreng in West Sikkim recently.
SPYF members holding placards protested for women’s safety and demanded the new government to come up with stringent laws to protect women in the state. “A lot of times, we have come to know that due to pressure from those in power many heinous crimes have been overlooked by the state. Most of such accused, who include child molesters to those from within their family, have gotten away from the crime they have committed,” said an SPYF member.
The SPYF also said that with the previous government, they had placed many such demands but most of them were overlooked. “We demand more stringent action with regards to the POCSO Act as well. Over the social media, character assassination of women are also carried out which shames them on a public platform. The access to Internet has been the other case where even a child with a couple of clicks can get access to pornography. We are hopeful that with the new government, a commission will be made to look into the matter,” said another SPYF member.
The SPYF was also vocal against the State Women Commission for their alleged silence over many such issues that have transpired in the past. “With the recent case in Sikkim University that shocked the state, the the State Women Commission remained mute spectators. When they remain silent, women in our society get further subdued under the realms of patriarchy,” said a woman who participated in the rally.
The SPYF also carried a signature campaign as part of the rally urging the state government to form a strong commission to look into the concerns of women. “Sikkim boasts of being a state where women are safe but the same stand is faltering unless the state and its people act upon the same. We urge more women to come up and raise the issue on a public platform,” the SPYF members added.