Candlelight march seeks justice for Delhi gangrape victim

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A large number of residents gathered at Sarabha Nagar market on Thursday evening to participate in a candlelight march to demand justice for the gangrape victim in south Delhi recently.

The candle march, which was an initiative taken by residents along with the support of NGOs through a social networking platform 'Ludhiana Cares', saw participation from the city with housewives, students and others demanding justice in cases like Delhi rape and ASI murder in Amritsar.

"Just by lighting a candle and holding it in our hands, we cannot expect women's safety to improve in our society. Men need to light the candle in their hearts to stop such crimes against women," said a group of Class XI students from Sat Paul Mittal School.

A similar voice was raised by the students of Punjab Agricultural University who "demanded painful death for the criminals".

"If we can just start respecting the women in our homes, that will be enough to start a trend, a revolution to respect women and not see them as a luring object," said a housewife.

The march saw huge participation of the youth from the city who said that the media "too needs to concentrate on better things than discussing the figure of Aishwarya Rai and focus on more important issues".

The residents also took a pledge to respect dignity of women.

Camp on safety

At a women safety camp organised at International Institute of Fashion Design, SHO, police station division no 5, Nirmal Singh guided women on how to protect themselves.

The camp also saw the girls asking questions from Singh about their safety. The students of the institute expressed their opinions, their fears as well as their suggestions.

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