India Will See In The New Year In Somber Reflection As Shock Waves From The Death Of A Gang-Raped Young Woman Continue

Gang-Rape Victim’s Family Vows To Fight, As India Mutes New Year’s Celebrations

Across India, New Year celebrations will be reduced or canceled as the country continues to reel from the death of a young woman who was gang-raped two weeks ago.

The Indian Army has canceled its official celebrations and issued that advisory to all its outposts, to express solidarity with the 23-year-old victim, said WebIndia.

The states of Punjab and Haryana have followed suit.

President of the governing Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, has also said she will not be celebrating “in the wake of [the] gang-rape incident,” the BBC reports.

The return of the young woman’s body from the Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore and later cremation in Delhi on Sunday has not abated protests in the capital, Delhi, by women’s, student groups and ordinary citizens.

The victim was brutally gang raped by six men in Delhi on December 16, after she boarded a bus with a male companion who she reportedly intended to marry in February 2013.

The woman — a medical student — and her friend had been to see a film when they boarded the bus in the Munirka area of Delhi.

The pair were beaten with iron rods — one of these was later inserted into the woman’s body — before they were stripped and thrown off the moving bus by their attackers.

The extremity of the attack ignited incendiary protests in Delhi and Manipur, as outrage over rising sex crimes in India and the apparent failure of officialdom to deal with it spilled over.

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