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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Entire family pays homage to Delhi girl with lit candles in hands

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 01, 2013
First Published: 18:44 IST(1/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:51 IST(1/1/2013)

This group stood out in paying tributes to the Delhi gang-rape victim who underwent physical and mental torture for about two weeks before her death that shook the entire country.

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About one-and-a-half-hours before the New Year advent, the group comprising mainly the members of a family right from 82-year-old to 24-year-old  gathered at MP Nagar square and held lit candles in their hands. Some passers-by joined them.

Even when there were crackers burst at 12 midnight by people in the market to celebrate the New Year the group watched every celebration around them nonchalantly.

Gagan Gupta, 56, a businessman who runs a firm took the lead. He asked his family members not to celebrate the New Year and instead pay homage to the brave Delhi girl. The family members were convinced. He shared his thought with the staff of his firm too. Some of them joined him.

“I thought it would be uncivilised to celebrate the New Year when a young and bright girl was raped and killed for none of her faults. The trauma the girl underwent was a slap on what we call a civilised society. We were deeply pained and upset right from day 1, though we did not take part in the protests on the streets”, said Gagan Gupta talking to the Hindustan Times.

To join him were about 10 members of his family and relatives and some of his staff. Given her old age his mother Kamal Gupta, 82, sat on a chair but all others including the passers-by who joined them stood for more than two hours.


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