Silent protests and candle marches were organised throughout the day by students, professionals, non-governmental organisations, mothers, fathers and even children to pay tribute to the 23-year-old brave heart who was cremated in the national capital on Sunday.
People equivocally called for concrete action from the government to bring the perpetrators of the crime to swift justice.
“The victim’s death has raised numerous questions in every mind. When will the government awake? When will the country become safe for women? How many more sacrifices do the lawmakers need to take a right call? The nation wants answer to all these questions and I think it is time that the government comes up with an answer,” said Madhu Garg, state general secretary All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA).
Having worked with several rape victims in their battle for justice, Garg acknowledged that this was (perhaps) the first time where Lucknowites came out of their houses in large numbers for someone ‘unknown’.
“Such victims have always been shun by their own families and the public reaction has given courage to many victims. But the fighting spirit of the 23-year-old has to some extent given rape victims the courage to speak against the abuse that they otherwise tolerated silently,” added the activist.
“Rest in peace India’s daughter, the nation will never forget your sacrifice. Your story is the story of many Indian women,” said Asim, a student, who participated at the candle march carried out at Gandi statue at Hazratganj.
While Priyanka Pant, another student was more vociferous in her demands for women’s safety. “There are simple things the government can do like deploying more Sakhi buses and providing more street lights. And the procedure for lodging a complaint with the police should be made more sensitive for women,” she said.
Many resident welfare societies too carried out candle marches to pay tributes to the soul.
Residents of Paper Mill Colony led by Prabha Chaturvedi of Exnora gathered to pay floral tributes to the gangrape victim.