- Posted December 29, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Another horrific gangrape in India: What are we doing wrong?
- The dark side of India’s Kiss of Love protests against moral policing
- Perspectives from India: Why I relate to that catcalling video
- On Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's sexist remark about women
- Protest against the rape of 6-year old in Bangalore
India Mourns Death of the Delhi Gang Rape Victim - Protests in Bangalore
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Strangely, it was a cloudy, rainy day. At 4 30 PM, I went to join the silent protests held at Town Hall and Freedom Park. The group that was organising the protest were school and college-going youngsters, and it was simply heart wrenching to look at so many trying to hold back their emotions as they lit candles. I watched all of them peacefully hold up signs, a few of them visibly upset. Nearby, at another protest, organised by a TV channel, emotions were running high and people shouted slogans questioning the government and the ruling Congress party.
Across the city, there were several small groups of citizens who came out to talk, voice their opinions and show their respect. In all honesty, I wonder if things will actually change in India. A few months ago, a young girl was molested in public, and the media seems to have forgotten about the incident already. Recently, another girl committed suicide after being raped in Patiala. Rape still isn't seen as a violation of human rights in India. Worse, there are more than a 1000 rapes that happen everyday and the victims often think it's 'their fault' that they got raped. I hope, against all odds, things change.