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  •  Totally OT -- a different prison story (8+ / 0-)

    Apologies in advance if this is totally not apropos:

    When I was in college in Delhi, there was a horrible case of a young woman who went to report a rape to the police and who was then gang raped by the police. There was widespread revulsion as this terrible story was reported and we college students organized a massive protest and march against the police and the authorities who were shielding them.

    The police were apparently unnerved by the size of the march and arrested about 500-600 of the protesters--almost all college students. I escaped arrest. The next day, about a 1000 of us arrived at the jail and demanded to see our friends. Unable to cope with the numbers, the police decided to stamp our wrists (the visitors) in order to identify who will be let out of the jail after the visits. (Sort of what happens in bars here).

    Somebody had the bright idea, whispered to all of us to press our wrists (still wet) to the wrists of the prisoners, and voila--all of our imprisoned friends just walked out of the jail with us. I fondly think of it as one of the largest jail breaks in history.

    The jail break is obviously a fond and funny memory, although we all knew that we were all middle class kids, most of those in jail were very highly connected, there was no real danger whatsoever, there were some cartoons subsequently about notorious prisoners studying our methods....

    The protests did manage to convince the authorities to investigate the police criminality and to punish the rapists.

    Its *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Wed Aug 24, 2011 at 06:12:15 PM PDT

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