Fasting protestor at Jantar Mantar hospitalised

New Delhi, Jan 6: One of the two men on hunger strike demanding death for the culprits in the Delhi gang-rape case here had to hospitalised Sunday due to failing health, his brother said.

Rajesh Gangwar, 45, from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, came to Delhi Dec 24. His hunger strike entered its 14th day Sunday, when he was taken to nearby Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in the evening.

“He was feeling very weak and the cold weather was taking its toll as well. He did not want to go and was determined to stay here, but he needed help immediately,” Rakesh Gangwar, Rajesh’s brother, told IANS.

Gangwar was agitating along with Babu Singh, 40, a farmer from Farrukhabad, also in Uttar Pradesh, who is on day nine of his fast. Singh now holds fort at the historic Jantar Mantar observatory in the heart of the capital.

“I will continue the hunger strike until proper punishment is meted out to those involved in the crime. I am not giving up that easily,” Singh told IANS as he wished Gangwar speedy recovery.

Both men braved the Delhi winter, as the city’s minimum temperature this year plunged to new lows.

The two men have also been demanding fast-track courts across the country to try rape cases, and three months’ disposal time for all such cases.

Two more organistaions — Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (BSKS) and the ‘Citizen 4 Forces’ — began an indefinite hunger strike in the national capital.

“I demand speedy justice for the gang-rape victim. I have decided to sit on an indefinite hunger strike till that happens,” said Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga, president of BSKS.

IANS