Delhi gang-rape: Hundreds stage candle-light vigil at India Gate
New Delhi, December 19, 2012
Hundreds of people, including students, members of civil society groups and lawmakers, gathered at the India Gate here this evening to stage a candlelight vigil for the 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang-raped in a moving private bus on Sunday night.
Similar protests were staged in several other cities across the country as people reacted in anger to the horrific crime that has left the girl in a critical state in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital.
Protests were also staged on the streets of Delhi, with many of the protesters saying that the incident was the result of the failure of the police and the lack of fear of the law among criminals.
The protesters, men and women of all ages, shouted slogans demanding the strictest possible punishment for those guilty of attacking the girl and her male friend, who was with her at that time.
One group of protesters marched towards South Block and demanded that they be allowed to meet Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde or Home Secretary R K Singh. Police cordoned off the area.