Peaceful Jawabdehi (Accountability) Yatra launched by Magsaysay Award winner and pioneer of RTI Act Aruna Roy, along with Nikhil Dey and Shankar Singh covering all the districts of Rajasthan to document people’s efforts and suggestions addressed to government schools and the larger education system, to make the government accountable for its decisions and advocating a sense of transparency in the system was attacked by mob lead by BJP MLA Kanwar lal Meena. It also vandalized vehicles and cameras were destroyed.
Mob attacked ruthlessly at Jhalawar, the constituency of the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. A strong mob of 40 to 50 stormed into the meeting and attacked the people who were conducting the yatra peacefully. The BJP MLA began the assault by attacking Shankar Singh the well know activist of Mazdur Kisan Shakti Sanghatan. Encouraged by the leader’s brazen act, his followers began raining lathis on the peaceful and unarmed persons and volunteers and then went on to slap two women activists, break the glass panes of two vehicles and forcibly seize the camera from an independent filmmaker who was quietly documenting the public meeting and beat him up mercilessly when he tried to prevent an expensive Sony HD camera from being vandalized.
|From left: Amitha, Atul, Radhika Ganesh, Anurag Singh, Mujeeb - |
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Shankar Singh, Anurag and Kamal tank and many other activists were injured. So far, police has not taken any action against the culprits. Mob charged them with lathis on knee, and legs leading to internal injury.
Accountability yatra that begun on 1st of December 2015, from Jaipur, will cover all 33 districts of the state spending 3 days in each districts. Yatra is being participated by over 100 organizations of Rajasthan, under the banner “Soochana Evam Rojgar Adhikar Abhiyaan”. Around 80 people are travelling from day one, while hundreds join in each district for the local programmes.
Yatra is registering grievances on Ration, Pension, MGNREGA, Social Security schemes, school, hospitals etc. In each of the districts yatra spends two days in the fields with street plays performed, rally, demonstration, and public outreach programme at cross roads, small and big towns. In each of the district, there is “jan-sunwai” and “shikayat Mela” is organized, at the end of which, all the complaints that are registered therefore is handed over to the administration. Complaints are registered online and tracked for their disposal.
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