Saddened India tones down New Year revelry

2012-12-31 16:02

New Delhi - The Indian armed forces on Monday cancelled their New Year celebrations while many hotels and bars scaled back parties as the country prepared for 2013 still shocked by a deadly gang-rape.

"The Indian army, air force and navy have decided to cancel all the parties planned to welcome the new year. They want to dedicate the last day of the year to the gang-rape victim," a senior defence ministry official said.

The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the decision was "voluntary" and no official order had come from the ministry.

In the capital, where the horrific crime took place on 16 December, leading private members' club Gymkhana, where top officials and ministers are often seen, cancelled its party as did the Press Club in the capital.

The five-star Ashoka hotel in New Delhi also closed its popular nightclub, while other bar owners were quoted in the media as saying they were scaling back festivities.

"This New Year is not going to be the same for me and many of my friends," said Ashish Gupta, a 34-year-old chartered accountant who joined protests against the crime on Sunday.

"Our heart goes out to the family of the woman who fought for her life so bravely. The least we can do is show our respect and send out the message that we share their grief," he said.

The unidentified woman, a 23-year-old medical student, was repeatedly raped on a moving bus in New Delhi on 16 December and violated with an iron bar before being thrown from the moving vehicle.

She died of her horrific injuries in a Singapore hospital on Saturday.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-12-31 16:07

    At least they are doing something.

      yakoobm - 2013-01-01 22:19

      spare some sympathy for the thousands of Kashmiri women raped by the Indian Armed force renegades on a regular basis. Its time to bring these renegades to book also. why are they being shielded?

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-12-31 16:08

    And here in SA another day another rape [or 3]. Instead of putting used tyres in the veld put them round the necks of the rapist

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-31 17:03

      No violence does not cure violence

  • Thabosebe - 2012-12-31 16:20

    What is life coming to this days

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-12-31 16:20

    The world should mourn with them. More than that, I hope this young lady's terrible passing from one of the most disgusting acts known to humankind serves as a wake-up call to everyone that this must no longer be tolerated, excused or kept quiet. Let those who commit these disgusting acts have their faces shown to the world before they burn in hell.

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-12-31 16:25

    i still want to know her name though....calling her ''the rape victim'' all the time is like we saying she had no other identity but that

      Twolips - 2012-12-31 16:47

      She lived in India so what does her name matter to you?

      phae.rayden - 2012-12-31 17:01

      Twolips, what an ignorant thing to say, because she is Indian it is of no concern to us? You must be a simple man with little insight. The world is a global village and many of us hold no bond to country borders any longer. As a women she is our sister, and we care deeply about the way she died.

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-31 17:05

      They won't release her name because "it will bring shame on her family". This is appalling

  • tom.poe.12 - 2012-12-31 16:49

    Rape is a COMMON occurrence in India. Its been used wholesale by the Indian Army for over 20 years now in Kashmir as a weapon against the indigenous population who are striving for self determination.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-31 17:03

    Thank you india

  • phae.rayden - 2012-12-31 17:21

    It's phenomenal to see this country feel such pain and remorse over this women's death. Perhaps India will be the one to show other countries, like ours, that the time is up for men with animal instincts to be allowed to terrorise, dehumanised, and abuse women, whoever and wherever they are. It is time for men like these to be exposed and punished, by all of us across the world, who know the meaning of respect and honour towards eachother.

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