Protesters at Jantar Mantar force Sheila Dikshit to return

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New Delhi (PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Saturday 29 December faced public rage when she was forced to return from Jantar Mantar where she went to take part in mourning the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim.

Dikshit reached Jantar Mantar where around 500 people gathered for mourning the death of the girl at around 2 pm but had to beat a hasty retreat as enraged protesters circled and forced her to return.

The Chief Minister and police tried to reason with the protesters and allow her to be part of the gathering but the demonstrators were in no mood to oblige.

However before leaving Jantar Mantar, she lit a candle and prayed for the departed soul.

“I had gone there to express my grief at the death of the girl,” she told PTI when asked about her visit to Jantar Mantar.

“Do you want to politicise somebody’s death. Why didn’t she come when the protests first began? She even asked police to remove us when we protested outside her residence,” a protester said.

Within minutes, she was escorted out of the area by police.

People started gathering at Jantar Mantar here at around 10 AM and sat in silence.

Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Kumar Vishwas had also joined the protest along with some of their supporters with their mouth tied with black cloth.

2 COMMENTS

  1. She is so old what will she do. She looks like she is half brain dead. All these old minister that hardly show up for the sessions, and if they do they sleep half the time what will they do for the people. They are selfish people who want all the perks and highlights for themselves. They hog up all the security such a waste. They should be taken out of there and let some young and education people run the country. Indian think they are the best country in the world – in their dreams, they think that take care of their women, girls and old people. Indians are the most cruel and sorry excuse for human beings. There so many rapes of babies, girls and women, the beating, throwing of acid, burning and now they have woken up. Shame and sad for a sorry excuse of a country.

  2. You nailed it Shiro. Many woke up cause her death struck closer to home — it resonated with their own realities, as in having a daughter, grand-daughter similar to the deceased. Other victims did not fall within the same ambit. But we are who we are. No excuse. As time goes by, hopefully more of us will see the light.

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