15-year-old leads candle march to condemn Delhi rape

Mahicka Sharma, a 15-year-old student of Delhi Public School, Pune on Friday led a candlelight march in support of the victim of the brutal gangrape in Delhi on December 17.

The march started was held at Shaniwarwada. Sharma, a class 10 student, said that the incident that took place in Delhi, which has sparked nationwide outrage, is an eye-opener to how vulnerable women really are even in big cities.

"The idea of the march was two-fold," she said, adding, "While we wanted to condemn the attack on the girl and also showcase our support, we also wanted to tell men about how traumatising the entire experience is for women and to tell women how to defend themselves better."

The march was joined by around 150 people.

Sharma and her friends, mostly from her school, distributed pamphlets and displayed placards and banners that informed women about the manner in which they could protect themselves.

"We have decided to call the 23-year-old rape victim 'Damini', because of her fighting spirit that she has not given up in the wake of the odds against her. We had people from as young as 13-year-olds to older people who came and not just walked with us, but also entered Shaniwarwada and lit candles to support us. The important part of the march, for us, was to tell everyone about this very real problem and how it can be prevented," she says.

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