50 protesters shave off their heads at Jantar Mantar

January 05, 2013 - 1:20:07 am

New Delhi: About 50 men had their heads tonsured in public at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi yesterday, protesting that the government had failed to keep women safe in the country.

“I shaved off my head to show my anger and frustration against the rising crime against women in the country,” Ankit Sharma, a 30-year-old protesting against the rising incidence of rapes in the country, said.

Demanding capital punishment for rapists, justice for the 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim and stricter laws for crimes against women, some 50 protesters, mostly middle-aged, got their heads tonsured at the 18th century masonry observatory that has become the site of protests since the brutal gang rape of the Delhi woman on December 16. “Those who want to highlight their protest can get their heads shaved for a good cause,” said Varun Bakshi, an IT employee who too had his head tonsured.IANS

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