A nation in mourning

  • Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 30, 2012 01:30 IST
  • Undertakers and hospital staff

    Undertakers and hospital staff carry gangrape victim's body as they leave the hospital. Reuters

  • Hospital staff at the Mount Elizabeth hospital

    Hospital staff carry the body of the gangrape victim to the police morgue vehicle at the Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore. AFP photo

  • TCA Raghavan

    Indian high commissioner to Singapore TCA Raghavan walks down the corridor to speak to journalists about the passing of the gang rapevictim, outside the ICU ...

  • TCA Raghavan

    Indian high commissioner to Singapore, TCA Raghavan speaks to reporters about the death of the gangrape victim, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. AP photo

  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital

    A police hearse leaves Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore after the gangrape victim died in died at the hospital. AP photo

  • Singapore General Hospital

    Officials leave the mortuary room after identifying the body of the gangrape victim who died overnight, at Singapore General Hospital. AFP photo

  • Singapore General Hospital

    A Hindu casket services van sits parked outside the mortuary building at Singapore General Hospital after the gangrape victim died after suffering severe organ failure. ...

  • Delhi Police

    Delhi Police Sunday arrested three people and seized a huge cache of live cartridges near a metro station in east Delhi. Reuters (file photo)

  • Policemen at India Gate

    Policemen gather at the epicenter of previous protests against near India Gate in New Delhi. The gangrape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide ...

23-year-old braveheart succumbs to injuries after brutal gangrape, leaves the country numb with grief and anger Saturday morning, the 23-year-old girl who was brutally gang-raped by six men in a Delhi bus on December 16, breathed her last at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

The news was met with collective grief and outrage from across the country. The film industry, too, expressed utter sadness and outrage which was evident in their tweets. The fraternity also planned a silent march to pay a tribute to the girl, in Mumbai, on Saturday evening. “Citizens of Mumbai including theatre, film personalities lead silent march at 5.30 pm today from Juhu Beach gandhi statue 2 Kaifi Azmi Park,” tweeted actor Shabana Azmi.

Bollywood’s top filmmakers called the rape victim’s death a moment of shame. “RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country (sic) #shameonallofus!,” tweeted filmmaker Karan Johar. “Her greatest betrayal is that we will forget. Political systems greatest hope is we will forget. Our only redemption is if we do not forget,” wrote filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.

The industry says that the medical student’s death should not go in vain.

“She’s gone. RIP. Don’t let her struggle be in vain. If the protests turn violent, all the momentum/credibility built up so far will be lost. She fought till her last breath. We must stay strong and peaceful in an effort to take her battle to its conclusion. STRONG RAPE LAWS, NOW! ,” wrote music composer Vishal Dadlani. “Please don’t let her tragic death be in vain... This has been our country’s most shameful moment. I hope we can atone for what has been done,” wrote actor Sonam Kapoor. Bollywood also expressed anger towards the government in the wake of the incident. “Numb.

All political parties unwilling to take action against their own members who have insulted and degraded women with sexist comments. Question is if they can’t keep their house clean, how can we expect them to clean society? RT my suggestion: have a ‘no confidence in any candidate’ box on a voting form. If that gets most x’s, all candidates should be replaced,” suggested filmmaker Farhan Akhtar.

Bollywood is angry
Celebrities react on gangrape victim’s demise
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Meanwhile...
No new year party, say Delhiites

Saddened by the death of the gangrape victim, many of the Capital’s youngsters have decided not to party this New Year’s Eve. “With so much of grief, who’s in the mood to party? RIP India’s Fighter. It’s doomsday for our nation. We will fight with the so called safeguards of our so called democracy till we get justice,” says Jigyasa Uniyal, 25. “I am ashamed to call myself an Indian and sadly my group of friends is in no mood to party this New Year’s Eve,” says Richa Sachdeva, 28.

City restaurants, too, have decided to tone down the celebration. “We have cancelled our live instrumental evening that we planned for the New Year’s Eve and are only serving ala carte. This incident is a shame. The entire city is mourning, and we are part of it,” says Chanpreet Sahni, co-owner of Asia Kitchen.

 

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