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One year on, December 16 gangrape victim`s memory lives in minds

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 20:39

New Delhi: Prayer meetings, marches, candle light vigils, street plays and musical performances across the city marked one year of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus last year even as the braveheart` parents said they are yet to get justice.

The parents of the victim on Monday participated at a prayer meeting where the mother broke down while remembering her daughter who had died in a Singapore hospital after battling for life for 13 days.

"We have not yet got justice. We want all the culprits including the one, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, to be hanged," the father said.

A large number of people lit candles at the Munirka bus stop in South Delhi from where the girl along with a male friend had boarded the bus, thinking it to be a legitimate public carriage.

She was brutally gang-raped by six men while her friend was also assaulted before they were thrown off the vehicle.

The horrific incident had triggered massive public outrage in Delhi as well as across the country, forcing the government to enact stricter laws against sexual assault.

A group of youngsters tried to retrace the victim`s fateful route from a theatre in Saket after watching the movie "Life of Pi", to mark the first anniversary of the incident.

Boarding a chartered whiteline bus from Saket, in a homage to the victim and her companion, the activists stopped at the Munrika bus stand from where the duo had boarded the bus.

Stephen Joseph, an executive in a private company who lives in Kishan Garh in south Delhi, not very far from the Munirka bus stand, which he uses to go to his office everyday, said "the incident still plays on his mind".

"Today is the anniversary of that horrific incident and every bus reminds me of that day, especially the whiteline one," he said while paying tribute to the girl.

First Published: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 20:39
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