Delhi gangrape: protests, tributes to braveheart mark New Year celebrations

The capital on Tuesday continued to witness protests against the Delhi gangrape, with a modest gathering at Jantar Mantar demanding strong law against sexual offences.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2013 08:51 PM IST

The capital on Tuesday continued to witness protests against the Delhi gangrape, with a modest gathering at Jantar Mantar demanding strong law against sexual offences.

Some people continued their fast demanding stringent punishment for the culprits involved in the gangrape of the 23-year-old paramedic student, who died last Saturday.

Oil paintings with social messages and candle light vigil were also held at the protest site. "We are sorry we could not save you" -- one of the posters read.

A girl and her mother staged a protest there alleging that police were reluctant to lodge a complaint against some anti-social elements who harassed them in Motinagar.

Policemen were deployed at Jantar Mantar as well as at India Gate and Raisina Hill where violent protests had taken place last week.

New Year ushered in with subdued revelry, dive in icy cold water

Twenty-eight men and children dived in icy cold water in Meghalaya at midnight in memory of the Delhi gangrape victim as India ushered in New Year with subdued revelry which was marred by molestation of a woman in Mumbai and rape of a minor girl in Bangalore.

The New Year's Eve celebrations in the backdrop of the death of the 23-year-old physiotherapy student also turned tragic when five revellers were killed when their car collided with a lorry in Kerala and a software engineer allegedly stabbed to his death in Bangalore by his friends during a drunken brawl.

In the national Capital, Delhiites rung in 2013 with new hopes and aspirations but in a subdued tone as the city remained overhelmed with shock over the death of the girl brutally gangraped in a moving bus a fortnight ago.

Connaught Place (CP), the traditional hotspot for New Year festivities wore almost a deserted look at midnight as a small crowd turned up to celebrate with policemen outnumbering the revellers.

"We take this dip to express our resolve to fight till death for the dignity of women. We felt numbed over the death of the girl and the beastly attack on board a bus. This is our protest," Convenor of Mait Shaphrang Movement (MSM), an anti-graft movement, Michael Syiem said in Shillong.

"A dive into a pool under sub-zero temperature is a pointer that if we overcome extremely trying physical circumstances just after stepping into the new year, we are equally tough to face any oddity in the 365 days and protect our mothers, sisters and daughters," Syiem said.

While the pool temperature itself was at sub-zero level, another 40 blocks of ice slabs were added to raise the endurance limit.

Tributes paid to Delhi rape victim at biennale

Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the first such art extravaganza in the country, today paid homage to the 23-year-old girl who died after being gang raped at Delhi, by painting a disturbing picture that symbolised the brutal assault.

Aspinwall House, the main venue of the three-month-long event, saw the completion of a fresco featuring a naked newborn girl bearing marks of extreme cruelty all over her body.

The infant’s open-mouthed scream is not portrayed as the natural cry of a child that has just come out of its mother’s womb, but is suggestive of the darkness that she sees in her first stare at today’s insecure and monstrous world, according to P S Jalaja, who did the work.

'We salute the courage of the woman who fought till her last breath,' said the artist, who completed the painting in two days.

In a makeshift tomb erected close to the work, a gathering of artists, aesthetes and visitors paid homage to the paramedical student, who died last Saturday in a Singapore hospital.

Some offered red flowers, while others lit candles. Renowned.

Bone test being conducted to determine age of juvenile accused
A bone test is being conducted to confirm the age of a juvenile suspect in custody for the murder and gangrape of a young woman, while prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the other five men arrested with him, police said on Tuesday.

The six will be formally charged in court on Thursday on accusations that they kidnapped, gangraped and murdered the 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told reporters.

Media reports say some 30 witnesses have been gathered and the charges have been detailed in a document running into more than 1,000 pages.

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