Silent protest march on Women’s Day from Mysore Bank circle to Freedom Park
Bengaluru, 9th March: City based social activist coupleMrs. Amrita Tata and Mr. Vijay Tata , Founder of New India Charitable Trust along with thousands of supporters held a silent protest march in the city on 8th March on Women’s Day to urge Fast track justice for women.
startedfromMysore Bank circle and reached Freedom Park.
Addressingthemedia, Mr. Vijay Tata said, “Crimesagainst women have continued to makeheadlines in our country everydayfor quitesome time now. Public reaction andpunishment for such crimes must be stern. Theaverage proves that there areabout three rape cases being registered everyhour. These numbers are alarming,they are a wake-up call for the public andjudiciary. Justice must be deliveredwithout delays which puts the victim tosocietal turmoil and mentaltrauma.Justicedelayed is justice denied. The victims go through a harrowingexperience whileseeking justice. A time has come where we need to come togetherto raise aconcern. He further added that he will accompany the rape victims totherespective courts where their cases are pending and fight for their justice.
90% rapes in Indiago unreported. Of thereported, only 30% go to trialof them only 1/3rd go tojail.Accordingtostatistics, 34,651 cases of rape were reported in India last year, but thisisjust the tip of the iceberg since 90 percent cases went unreported. Therearemillions of cases pending in our courts which continue to struggle due tolackof manpower, infrastructure and reform in our legal and judicialframework.This becomes even more imperative when it comes to atrocities likerape wherethe victim has had to endure physical and mental agony all throughthe durationof the trial, which sometimes takes years.
Mr.VijayTata has also started -Stop rape initiative - an online petition againstrapewhere they will reach out to every Honourable Judge of India with a pleato takeharsh steps against rapists. They are also making a petition to theHonourablePrime Minister of India in this regard.
Thecouplehave been sheltering 40 kids for six years and the dream got bigger togive backto society, which gave birth to New India. Recently the couple hasalso pledged50 acres of land worth `100 crores in Attibele-Anekal Road to the Trusttowardsconstruction of a 150 bedded super-specialty cancer care hospital fortheunderprivileged cancer patients from across India who will be treated freeofcharge.