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HindustanTimes Sat,29 Nov 2014

Tributes paid to rape victims

HT Correspondent  Sangrur, December 29, 2012
First Published: 23:08 IST(29/12/2012) | Last Updated: 23:10 IST(29/12/2012)

People of different backgrounds and age-groups paid tributes to the Delhi gangrape victim, who died at a Singapore hospital early on Saturday.

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"It was very sad to hear that the rape victim succumbed to her injuries. This shows the intensity of the brutality she had gone through," said Shivani Verma, a woman trainee constable.

Private educational institutions and non-government organisations organised protest marches and at candlelight marches at different places. Condolence meetings were also organised wherein tributes were paid to the victim.

"Death of the girl has raised many questions including security of women, poor law and order situation and instant need for stringent laws and strict punishment in sexual assault cases," said Kirandeep Kaur, a local resident.

Gagandeep Kaur, a Class 12 student, said instead of politicising such sensitive issues, the government should ensure security of women in the country so that girls can venture out from their houses without fear.

"Death penalty doesn't make an accused realise what he had done. Rape accused should be put behind bars for the rest of their lives," said Simranpreet kaur, a BSc nursing student.
Meanwhile, several organisations, including Sahara Foundation and People For Transparency, also condoled the death.

Among politicians, Member Parliament from Sangrur Vijayinder Singla, Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Finaince minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Babu Prakash Chand termed it tragic and painful incident and grieved her death.

Meanwhile, Scientific Awareness Welfare Forum will organise a condolence meet at the Banasar Park at 9:30pm on Sunday.

Patiala: Girl students from Modi College staged a protest against the suicide by a 18-year-old rape victim in Badshahpur village in the district and also condoled the death of Delhi gangrape victim.

The girl students, carrying placards in their hands, assembled at 2 pm and marched through various city areas, demanding justice for the victims' families and exemplary punishment to the accused.

Abhilash, a Bcom 2 student, said, "The suicide by the Badshahpur rape victim has put a questionmark on the police investigations. If women are not safe in country's capital than their fate in other parts of the country can be imagined."

Another student, Navjot Kaur said, "Strict laws should be made to ensure safety of women in the country. Steps should be taken for speedy justice to the victim families."

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena activists held a protest and burnt the effigy of the Prime Minister and raised slogans against the UPA government. 
 
Istri Jagriti manch and Jamoohri Adhikar Sabha, Punjab, also organised protests.

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