Candle light vigils, prayers meetings mark 2 years of gangrape

Candle light vigils, prayers meetings mark 2 years of gangrape

By: || Updated: 16 Dec 2014 03:44 PM
New Delhi: Candle light vigils, prayer meetings, street plays and a series of other events on Tuesday marked two years of the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in the city that had triggered widespread nation-wide outrage forcing the government to enact stricter laws against sexual assault.




"That day, this very moment my daughter said she would come back within 2-3 hours. But that never happened. She never came back," the mother of the girl said at a prayer meeting this evening.


"We are yet to get justice. Nothing has changed. The society came together for a brief period. The case is in Supreme Court but we are not getting a date for the last six months. The system stays where it was," she said.


By the time she finished her brief speech, eyes of the audience assembled, including a host of dignitaries, to pay homage to the girl had started welling.


Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, Congress leader Salman Khurshid, former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar paid floral tributes to 'Nirbhaya', at the poignant function organised by the Nirbhaya Trust, run by her parents.


Gandhi charted out the governmental steps that were in the "process" against sexual violence.


"We have drafted a Juvenile Justice Bill that was introduced in Parliament and is now with the Select Committee.


We will try to get it passed in the Monsoon Session. We are also initiating rape-crisis centres and adding more teeth to NCW which is powerless now," she said.


Kejriwal said that women in Delhi "were and still continue to be insecure" leading to Delhi being labelled as the "rape capital".


"The incident happened two years ago. But women in Delhi were and still continue to be insecure. Delhi is often called the rape capital but the residents of Delhi are not that bad. There's some lacunae in the system itself," the AAP Chief said.


Asking people to look at the mirror, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said, "Things would hardly change provided mindset doesn't change."

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