Doctor’s anti-rape campaign comes to Manipal1 min read
When Mangaluru doctor Noel Mathew started campaigning for anti-rape measures at the Lulu Mall in Kochi, he was alone. Today, after campaigning in Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Kundapura, Noel visits the university town of Manipal for the latest candle light vigil set to take place at Tiger Circle on Sunday at 6:15 pm.
His demands are simple: Establish an anti-rape squad in every police station in the country which actively pursues rape cases. It should have women police officers and in cases of false complaints, the woman must be penalised.
His first demonstration in Kochi on May 15 saw only five people turn up but the demonstration in Mangaluru on May 29 was attended by close to 40 people supporting his cause. He believes that not enough people stand up against rape even though they know it is wrong. “This step could have been taken by anyone. You, me or someone else but this was a growing worry in my heart since a young age, maybe 17-18 years. Now I am more independent and therefore, I decided to take that decision,” he said.
Manipal was stunned by the abduction and gang-rape of a medical student from Kasturba Medical College (KMC) three years ago. After a wait of two-and-a-half years, the accused were finally convicted with life imprisonment. Noel’s campaign however focuses on prevention and quick response to incidents of rape. “I have spoken to SP Annamalai about this and he has openly extended support for the cause and even helped me with getting permission from Manipal police”, added Noel.