Sori joins JNU protest against assaults

A year later, the frenzy of last year's anti-rape protests is no longer about a single case, but about violence against women across the country.

At a memorial service, held in Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday to mark the December 16 gangrape incident, the theme was not just last year's case.

Tarun Tejpal's alleged sexual harassment of a colleague, the recent Supreme Court's verdict on IPC Section 377 and Justice

AK Ganguly's alleged harassment of a law intern dominated the discussion.

"Those in power, in offices, Parliament or the judiciary must be made to understand that things must change," Nivedita Menon, a JNU professor, said.

Soni Sori, a Chhattisgarh school who had allegedly been tortured by police, told Newsline that gangrape protests in

Delhi had changed things

in the state. "Things changed after last year's protests... Police beatings stopped. After the protests, even a kitchen was made for us," she said.

"It is imperative that the

Justice Verma Committee report is implemented. The amendment we got was regressive," Menon said.

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