Thiruvananthapuram: Shops were shut down and vehicles were stopped in parts of Kerala in the name of a hartal on Monday morning against the rape of an eight-year-old in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.The hartal, which was called for by social media groups, has hit normal life in the northern districts of Kerala. In Kasaragode, services of the Kerala Road Transport Corporation were affected. Messages posted on Facebook and WhatsApp said a hartal will be observed on Monday to express outrage over the recent gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.
The public, however, who were unaware of the hartal call, began the day as usual. Several supporters of the hartal took out a march in Thiruvananthapuram and districts in north Kerala.
Actor Parvathy, in an Instagram live, also alerted people. “Protests have been taking places near Kozhikode airport at Chemmad, Chettipidi, Tanur… roads are being blocked. In fact there are not protests, but abuse. In the name of protest against the rape the vehicle of many passengers are being blocked and they are being abused,” she said. On Sunday, the state joined the nationwide protest demanding justice against the heinous crimes that took place at Kathua and Unnao.
Hooliganism in the name of protest! Roads blocked and people abused on roads from Calicut airport- Chemmad- Kodinji-Tanur. Please pass the message and stay safe! The police force has been intimated and they are making arrests I hear. Please share updates here— Parvathy T K (@parvatweets) April 16, 2018