Youth can­cel NYE plans

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­fiya Khan ( With in­puts from Vikas Joshi & Pallavi Smart)

As the death of the vic­tim sent shock waves across the na­tion, many young­sters said that the in­ci­dent has shaken their sen­si­bil­i­ties and they see no logic in ring­ing in 2013 with cel­e­bra­tions.

32- year- old fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst Ra­nee Karunakaran has called off her New Year party plans and said that such an in­ci­dent proves that there is truly noth­ing to look for­ward to in the coming year. “Though bar­baric, this isn’t the first gang- rape in­ci­dent and if we don’t change our at­ti­tude, it wouldn’t be the last. While it’s fine to come out on streets and curse the government and po­lice since it’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect us, are we think­ing about our du­ties? It’s high time we rose above self­ish mo­tives like hav­ing lav­ish New Year par­ties and in­stead fo­cus our at­ten­tion on the big­ger prob­lem at hand. I don’t feel like par­ty­ing af­ter a woman died of such bru­tal­ity,” she said.

MBBS stu­dent Vidya Nair, 22, said that her en­tire fam­ily has can­celled their New Year plans. “What are we cel­e­brat­ing for? A woman can’t step out af­ter 9pm in her coun­try with­out feel­ing that she wont get raped, so what’s the guar­an­tee that this New Year’s eve, when hun­dreds of women would be out on streets they won’t get raped or eve- teased?” she said.

Women in Mum­bai also cited safety as a ma­jor con­cern. “Though this gory in­ci­dent oc­curred in Delhi which has re­peat­edly been termed as an un­safe city for women, I don’t feel my city ( Mum­bai) is safe enough,” said Mad­hura Lin­gayat, a pho­tog­ra­pher.

Even men echoed the same sen­ti­ments. Ab­dul­lah Popere, a third year busi­ness stu­dent said, “When a fa­mous politi­cian dies, a whole city is shut down as a mark of re­spect. If all the protests we did for this girl are gen­uine, than the least we can do is to can­cel or tone down our cel­e­bra­tions for New Year’s eve,” he said.

Tan­may Kanitkar, 24, who has founded Pari­var­tan, a youth or­gan­i­sa­tion, said that he would spend the day at home. “To party or not is an in­di­vid­ual’s de­ci­sion but I feel that af­ter such bar­barism, many young peo­ple may not feel it’s safe as well,” he said.

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