New Delhi: The student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) -- on Saturday appealed to all students to remain calm and not resort to creating a law and order situation because of the death of the 23-year-old victim of the December 16 gang-rape incident in a hospital in Singapore.
It also called on the student community to express solidarity with the dead woman`s family by not celebrating New Year this year, but rather raise their voices against injustices such as rape, besides working for improved security for women.
In a statement, the ABVP said: "It is very unfortunate and sad to hear that our sister, who waged a courageous battle for life died this morning at 4.45 am (2.15 am IST). Attackers assaulted the woman (23-year-old, a paramedical student) and her male companion on a bus on December 16, robbing them of their belongings before dumping them at the side of a road. We as Indians are capable of everything, but our political leadership has failed, because we, as society, have starved it of talent.”
“`Damini` died, but she woke us up to what is horribly wrong in our country. No more we shall participate in a conspiracy of silence. If you want to offer a true tribute to the brave victim of the gang rape - Let`s not attend the New Year Party this year. Let`s call this year 2013 as Women Security Year, This is a turning point in India to stand up and end this menace. Not to tolerate nonsense, not to be indifferent and raise our voice against injustice. Are we ready?”