The bandh called by the New Delhi protesters demanding justice for the 23-year-old gang-rape victim, who died on December 29, 2012, had little effect in the city. Though majority of citizens were unaware of the bandh, many Marathi medium schools recorded lesser attendance as compared to that on normal days. Protesters at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, though, observed a black day on Thursday, accusing the police of dragging their feet.
Neeraj Jain, a member of Lokayat Organisation, said, “I am not aware of any such bandh called to protest the incident. We had organised a protest rally on December 27.”
Though the Information Technology employees had informally decided to wear black bands to work, the response to the call was hardly visible in the IT firms across the city. Suresh Kriplani, a Tech Mahindra employee, said, “Only three female employees wore the black bands to work. Most of us were unaware of any such bandh called by protestors.”
Public relation officer of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) Deepaksingh Pardeshi said, “There was no effect on the daily routine of the buses or ticket collection.”
Uttam Kivale, a school van driver, said that though he is not participating in the bandh, the attendance of students was marginally less as compared to that on normal days.”
In some quarters though, girls did observe the bandh. The attendance in most marathi medium schools was nearly 40% less as compared to the daily attendance. But the effect was not visible in English medium schools.
Principal of Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya Madhura Kulkarni said, “Nearly, 40% of our students did not turn up despite the school vans and buses plying as per the schedule.”
TV Reddy, principal of Ahilyadevi High school, said, “The bandh had major effect in our school with nearly 50% less attendance. Since most students come from far-fetched corners of the city, their parents might have prefered to keep them indoors in order to avoid any untoward incident.”