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Indians Brave New Year's Cold to Mourn Gang-rape Victim

Jan. 2, 2013

Hundreds of Indians braved New Year's Day cold on Tuesday to remember the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and demanded quick justice for the culprits.

Some 1,000 people from around India gathered at the Jantar Mantar, the protesting street appointed by the government in central Delhi, in early morning as the temperature in the Indian capital dipped to 5.5 degree Celsius, the lowest in five years.

"Dear daughter, we are sorry we could not save you", "Chemical Castration for Accused" , "2013: Make India Safer for Women," read posters.

At least two persons were on hunger strike at the spot littered with burnt candles and used posters.

The country's New Year's Day was completely shadowed by the barbarous gang-rape, as Indian leaders and the army canceled all celebrations.

"This is the most depressing New Year's Day I have ever had," said a young woman who works for an advertisement company.

The crowd included activists, students and professionals as the country's intellectuals have been leading the protests over the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, some groups have launched an online campaign of voting for making an oath to respect women and defend women, as well as refusal to vote for politicians who assault or abuse women. Thousands have voted online.

The city remained strangely hushed and mute on Tuesday as many people decided to spend the first day of the year in introspection about the social ills of India.

The gang rape, in which the female college student was brutally tortured by six thugs on a moving bus in south Delhi on Dec. 16, is now considered the largest event in the country in 2012.

The ashes of the victim, who succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on Dec. 29, will be spread into the Ganges river next week, according to local media reports.

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Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2013

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