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TORONTO: The Indo-Canadian community in the Toronto area has expressed its outrage at the brutal gangrape and subsequent death of the 23-year-old Delhi girl on December 29.
Joining their voice with protesters in the Indian capital, the Indo-Canadians wanted exemplary punishment to the guilty and enactment of tougher laws to deter such crimes.
Divya Kumar from downtown Toronto said this is a heinous crime and the perpetrators should not get away without the death penalty.
She said, “The Indian judicial system should act swiftly to carry out the punishment; this will stop other people from having such evil intentions.’’
Kumar added, “Time and again, people got away with such crimes in the past, but this time the judicial system should pass the law of capital punishment. The pictures of such offenders should be published in every media and the government should teach young girls self-defence.’’
Mily Pinto from Toronto said she has cried for the family of the victim. “Laws must be strict in India in support of women. The attitude of the Indian people should change. The politicians should be educated. The police should take complaints of eve teasing seriously. I really support the people of India who have taken up the cause and are keeping a vigil for the government to act fast. They should be punished in front of the public, which will be a lesson for all,’’ said Pinto.
Raj Kumar slammed Indian men for their attitude towards women. “If the attitude of the public is that women who are out late at night are asking for it, crimes like this will keep happening. Women should have the same freedom and rights as men to do things freely. Women should be not treated any differently.’’
Rose Mathew said she feels unsafe to go to India with her daughters.
She said she is scared that eve-teasing, chain-snatching and rapes take place quite frequently in India, adding that the police does not take people’s complaints seriously.
Mathew said India is not safe for any woman, young or old alike, and Indian culture is deteriorating rapidly as Indian men do not respect women and think them as an object of subjugation.
“Wake up India; you were the role model for the entire world once for your rich culture and moral values,’’ she said.
Sheela Nair cautioned that men should take out their women only if they know the place well and can protect them in case of any eventuality.
She recalled a brutal incident that happened long ago in Delhi when a brother and sister who took a lift from culprits (Billa and Ranga) met with such a tragic end. “Eventually after a long time the evil men were handed over death sentence by the high court of India,’’ she said.