Facebook protests lead to vigil against corruption

August 6th, 2010 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Facebook New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) Assamese students in Delhi, expressing their concern over “rampant corruption” in the state on Facebook, have planned a vigil in the capital Sunday to “mourn the death of honesty of our politicians”.
The idea germinated on the Facebook page of an RTI activist, and attracted outpourings against corruption in the north-eastern state.

“We were supporting an RTI activist in Assam on Facebook. Very soon, we got a huge number supporting the cause. Through Facebook members decided to hold a vigil and there has been a huge response,” said 27-year-old Ruma Bhuyan, who is working in the capital.

A peaceful and non-political vigil will be carried out by educated Assamese youths and professionals at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and various places in Assam like Guwahati, Jorhat and Nagaon on the same day.

“We will protest with a black arm band at the Jantar Mantar from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a candlelight vigil will be observed in Assam,” said another expatriate Assamese in Delhi, Aryama Dutta Saikia.

According to Pallavi Deka, a doctorate student and former general secretary of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union, the vigil was not targeted against any individual.

“It is for every corrupt official, be it a traffic policeman who let go a signal violator for Rs.10. We have aimed to awaken the youth of our state and stand against corruption.”

Aryama Dutta Saikia is one of the organisers of the vigil.

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