New Delhi , Dec 10: As Delhi Commission for Women chief's indefinite hunger strike against rapes and the rapists entered eighth consecutive day on Tuesday, a group of men and women claiming to be college students in her support sat outside Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani's residence demanding to meet the Minister.
The young men and women asked the security personnel at the gate of the minister's residence to allow them to meet the minister as they wanted to ask why no one for the government has till date met the DCW chief who was on strike and who's health condition was deteriorating due to the same.
According to the protestors despite repeated requests to meet her , in response they were told by the police that the minister was not available at home.
On being asked by the police to move aside from the gate and sit in the park just in front of the Minister's bungalow the students said that they would not move unless at least someone , even a person other than the minister , her representative comes and assures that their message is sent to her.
The group held empty disposable plates with messages written on them stating ' hang the rapists ' and upheld Swati Maliwal's demands for hanging the rapists within six months.
The group was persuaded by the police initially, however , when they refused to move from the gate of the minister's residence they were taken away by the police with the help of female and male police personnel respectively in a bus and taken to the Mandir Marg Police station.
The police also asked them to move to designated areas for the protest and dharnas , however, the people insisted on meeting and not moving from the place.
According to the police sources they will be released after verification like it is done in the other situations when protestors are detained when they do not cooperate to abide by the guidelines.(UNI)