One police constable (47 year old Subhash Chand) who was said to be injured during the protests against Delhi gang rape case died because of injuries he sustained during police action against these protests, this is a very sad news, as sad as the rape case itself. One police officer who was performing his duty died at the hand of mob which was trying to resister their protest against inability of their government to protect their citizens. Now whose fault it is? There are already photos in social media, on internet which show protesters, specially women protesters getting brutally attacked by police, many people might think posting these photos as an attempt to justify the attack of protesters on police but I don't think the matter is so straightforward here. The blame game in this case has already started, police arrested few youths in this case and Arvind Kejriwal came out to defend these youths saying that there is no proof against them, I hope that both these tragic events don't get politicized, no one should use this events for political gain because safety of citizens of any city or country is above any politics or political party. The constable is dead and something must have caused his death, they should find the real reason of his death, then find the criminals who committed this act and punish them.
During many protests in India the crowd tends to get violent because they can not control their anger, get too emotional about the issue, this is very common case in India. It's very easy to organize protests but very difficult to control the mob. The most infamous incident like this happened in 1922 (pre-independent India) during non-cooperation movement which Mahatma Gandhi started. Angry mob burned a police station in Chauri Chaura (a town in UP) after police firing, in this incident around 48 people died (26 in police firing and 22 because of burning of police station, police firing happened first). Gandhiji wanted this movement to be strictly non-violent so because of this incident he called this movement off, he received lot of criticism for taking this step as many leaders felt that non-cooperation movement was really working very well and the violence was not started by protesters. Similar things happened many times, not always resulting in deaths but many times resulting in lot of public property damages, disturbance in public life, lot of inconvenience to general public, it's very strange that this all happens in a country like India who achieved her freedom via non-violent freedom struggle movement.
So the questions we need to ask here is, do these violent protests work? Do they produce desired result? What good they do to our country? Do they help in creating awareness about the issue or just help in spreading hatred and anger? The answer to all these questions most of the time is big 'NO', violence only results in more violence nothing else, it spreads hatred and anger, it spreads fear not peace. Our own freedom struggle movement has demonstrated the power of non-violent protests to us, so why we don't use the same method? How come we are loosing faith in same method which we used successfully to win our freedom from foreign regime? People definitely have right to express their anger against their government, they have full right to protest and register their demands, but they absolutely don't have any rights to disrupt public life which creates unnecessary inconvenience to many people, damage public property or attack police for no reason, violence is not an option in any democratic country. I hope that our government, people who are protesting as well as police department all understand this and act accordingly.
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