The harder battle
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A tidal wave of protest appears to have taken over Delhi, beginning with popular anger and revulsion over the recent gangrape. Given how everyday and pervasive sexual violence in India is, and how indifferent the state's response tends to be, nearly every citizen relates to the issue. In as much as it has framed the rare sight of citizens rallying around women's freedoms, this protest has been an unprecedented achievement. A privately endured fact has now become a public cause.
This, though, is the moment where the different strands of the protest must be sorted, and legitimate and necessary action identified. Right now, this public mobilisation is in danger of becoming a soup of indignation, one that will soon boil over and be forgotten. Every step and misstep is met with equal outrage, from the PM's "theek hai" to a TV technician to Congress MP Abhijit Mukherjee's disparaging remark about what he saw to be the artifice and triviality of the protest to a CPM MLA reportedly asking how much Mamata Banerjee would "charge" to get raped. The police action against those who breach the barricades is deemed as offensive as their refusal to file FIRs. This collapsing of degrees helps no one.