SHILLONG, Jan 03: Meghalaya Thursday witnessed mixed response towards the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by protesters demanding for swift justice to the Delhi gang-rape victim.
Almost all business establishments remained closed as a mark to show solidarity and support to the demand for a strong law on rape cases.
However, attendances in government offices were reported to be normal.
In Shillong, business establishments in the two popular commercial areas – Iewduh and Police Bazaar besides different parts remained closed.
Financial establishments remained closed while educational institutions are still under winter holidays.
“Shops were closed till very late as people were confused as to open or not especially in Bara Bazaar area,” East Khasi Hills district Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.
He said attendance in government office was normal while public transport was also few in the early hours.
The Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) had extended its support to the Bharat bandh demanding swift justice for the Delhi gang rape victim.
CSWO president A Kharshiing said that rape is a threat looming large in the society and urged the people “to be united in fighting this crime.”
The Organization had also demanded stringent laws be put in place and Law Commissions be more active so that women are protected.
“Governments all over the country had better take security of women and children seriously,” Kharshiing stated.