#Notinmyname: Celebrities join protesters in Delhi, Mumbai
#Notinmyname: Celebrities join protesters in Delhi, MumbaiNiharika LalWhile celebs like Kalki Koechlin and Twinkle Khanna joined protesters at Carter Road in Mumbai, at Parliament Street in Delhi, college students and lawyers urged Delhiites to raise their voice against the Kathua and Unnao rapes. Actress Swara Bhasker joined the protesters at Parliament Street. | TNN | Apr 17, 2018, 01:00 ISTActress Swara Bhasker joined the protesters at Parliament Street in Delhiand Kalki Koechlin at Carter Road in MumbaiAt the #NotInMyName protests on Sunday evening, s everal hundred Delhiites assembled near the Parliament Street police station to protest against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. The general thought that pervaded the gathering was that it reminded them of the protests during the Nirbhaya incident. âWe were here on the roads protesting against the Nirbhaya gang-rape, observing Nirbhaya anniversaries, charting that same route shouting slogans, reciting poems of Faiz, demanding justice, but little did we know that we will have to assemble again, this time again to protest against two rape cases. Nothing has changed in six years, and now silence is not an option.â they said.
Twinkle Khanna at the protests in Mumbai
âYouâll never have the comfort of our silence againâ
While Bollywood celebs joined protests at Carter Road in Mumbai, Parliament Street in Delhi had college students and lawyers urging De lhiites to raise their voice against these incidents. Actress Swara Bhasker, who was part of these protests in 2012, joined protesters at Parliament Street on Sunday too.
The protestors said that we shouldnât be silent about assaults on women, and this time, their angst will surely not die. Lawyer and activist Vrinda Grover said, âUnko (government) maloom hai humko kabhi-kabhi gussa aata hai. Unko maloom hai hum kabhi kabhi sadak par utrenge.â
Kiran Rao at the protests in Mumbai
âWe used to hope that wenever have to take to the streets again to protest against rapes after 2012â
The protestors said that even if coming out together in solidarity doesnât mean that a huge change will happen, but this angst needs to be kept alive. Abhilasha Pandey, who works in the BPO sector, said, âIn college, our teachers used to tell us how college stude nts and professionals took to the streets in 2012. And we used to hope that we never have to gather on the streets again to protest against rapes and inaction that scale because itâs all been done. Now, standing here today, I think we have gone backwards â" itâs a hate crime this time. I didnât know what else to do other than posting on social media, so I came with my friends to join this protest.â
Sumit Verma, a social activist, said, âWe were here then, in 2012, and we are here now. Log so jate hain. Unhe jagane mein waqt lagta hai. It broke my heart to see these dolls and these kids on the road. Itâs Sunday and they should have been in parks, but these kids are here for the last three hours. I donât know what they think they are protesting against, but itâs heartbreaking to see these little girls with broken dolls.â
Protesters in Delhi
Open letter to Modi
Retired civil servants also joined the protest and read out an open letter, in which they urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to the families of the Kathua and Unnao rape victims.
Kids joined the protest with broken dolls
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