600 strum tribute to gang rape victim

2013-01-04 11:06

New Delhi - A group of 600 guitarists have paid a musical tribute to an Indian gang-rape victim, playing Imagine by John Lennon in a bid to spread "hope, peace and promise" in a country still coming to terms with the violence.

The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern Indian hilltown of Darjeeling on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the brutal rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi brought an outpouring of national anger.

"We chose this song because it talks about hope, peace and promise," Sonam Bhutia, tourism secretary of Darjeeling and one of the festival organisers, said by telephone.

"The song is so inspiring. It talks about a universe without any boundaries," Bhutia said of the 1971 Lennon track.

"The tribute was a gesture on our part to show that we are with the victim's family in their hour of unimaginable sorrow."

The scenic town of Darjeeling, in a part of India wedged between Nepal and Bhutan, is famous for its tea.

The savage attack on the woman has triggered countrywide protests with calls for better safety and an overhaul of laws governing crimes against women.

  • sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2013-01-04 11:37

    An athiest song. Shame on you for using this poor girls death as a platform to preach your beliefs!!

      Mark - 2013-01-04 11:41

      Oh sabeer.mahomed.3 shame on you too for judging others. Don't be so narrow minded.

      donald.perumal - 2013-01-04 11:42

      Interpretation lies in the "evil" of the listeners mind! They took the good message the song provides not the "haram" you preach!

      msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-04 11:45

      Oh I love that song.

      lownabester - 2013-01-04 12:30

      Beautiful song. sabeer, what song whould you have prefer??? Gangman style. Some people always see the negative in everything.

      chanelle.swanepoel.3 - 2013-01-04 12:52

      What is wrong with you? Is it bad for people to want the world to live as one other than being torn apart by religion and the stigma against females it spawns?

      carryn.whittaker - 2013-01-04 13:00

      Do you not practice your beleifs when someone dies? I am sure you are a good Muslim so I expect you do. I do not critisize you for that as you are only doing as your God Allah and his prophet has instructed. What would you have preferred as Muslim? A Christian hymn? I respect your right to practice your freedom of speech. I think you should respect everyone elses. You can only demand that people abandon what they believe when you are prepared to do the same. When you come out of Namaz and read this I hope you hold a different opinion as your judgemental condmenation of people who made a great effort to pay tribute to this girl is totally unfair to them and to her.

  • sabeer.mahomed.3 - 2013-01-04 11:39


      lownabester - 2013-01-04 12:31

      Your name is Indian, Why are you not there?????????????????????

      angelanair3 - 2013-01-04 12:40

      Sies in your mind @sabeer.mahomed - what have you done thats productive today? This is their way of accepting that they live in an unjust society that needs to change. Imagine is the greatest song ever written - asking us to imagine a better world - why dont you listen to the song and imagine you are a better person. You are judgemental - you are overlooking the real issue - hurt and pain suffered by the victim and the people of India! Now we in South Africa have to do the same - rape is a scourge in our country that has to be eradicated. I hope you will be part of change and healing!

  • mark.stephen.334 - 2013-01-04 12:02

    I think that its one of the greatest song ever written. The words to the song are so inspiring ............

  • Doep100 - 2013-01-04 12:18

    What a beautiful gesture.

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