"The death penalty should be given in all rape and acid attack cases. Additionally, no mercy petitions should be accepted in such cases. Most importantly, no juvenile must be granted the immunity of the Juvenile Justice Act and must be tried as an adult if arrested in cases of rape or acid attack," Mishra added, listing the various reforms and amendments that make up the group's demands. Echoing similar sentiments, Santosh Bora added that though people want change, they are not as aggressive as they should be. "People wait for such a problem to happen to them. It is only then that they realize the gravity of the issue. This is what makes the situation an unfortunate one," said Bora, 27, also an active campaigner.
He added that since the campaign and its outcome became priority, he was forced to leave his job as a human resource professional. The duo stated that in the past 500 days, the group has protested at close to 50 sites in the national capital and even neighboring states like Punjab to mobilize people against such social perils.
"After 'Damini', there was 'Gudiya' and then so many other cases followed. We try to reach out to the victims and their families and extend whatever support we can. If needed, we also help the families register a FIR," said Mishra.
On being asked their modus operandi, they said that the group speaks to the people of the locality, organizes street plays and also holds candlelight marches. (IANS)