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Imagine an India for women: 600 guitarists pay tribute to Delhi rape victim

AFP  New Delhi, January 04, 2013
First Published: 13:43 IST(4/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:24 IST(4/1/2013)

A group of 600 guitarists have paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, playing "Imagine" by John Lennon in a bid to spread "hope, peace and promise" in a country still coming to terms with the violence.

The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern hilltown of Darjeeling on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the brutal rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi brought an outpouring of national anger.

"We chose this song because it talks about hope, peace and promise," said Sonam Bhutia, tourism secretary of Darjeeling and one of the festival organisers.

A group of 600 guitarists in Darjeeling paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, playing "Imagine" by John Lennon in a bid to spread "hope, peace and promise" in a country still coming to terms with the violence. AFP/Diptendu Dutta

"The song is so inspiring. It talks about a universe without any boundaries," Bhutia said of the 1971 Lennon track.

"The tribute was a gesture on our part to show that we are with the victim's family in their hour of unimaginable sorrow."

The savage attack on the woman has triggered countrywide protests with calls for better safety and an overhaul of laws governing crimes against women.


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