Candlelight vigil held in Singapore for gangrape victim

Scores of people lit candles and pledged to ensure safety of women, as they assembled together in the memory of the Delhi gangrape victim, who passed away at a hospital in Singapore a month ago.

Over 300 people assembled on Sunday evening and held a candlelight vigil themed: 'Lighting the flame of hope for a better tomorrow' as they remembered the 23-year-old girl.

The meet also saw professionals sharing their views and perspectives on violence against women, gender bias and law and order.

The talks were interspersed with motivational songs, said Amita Sarwal, who led a group of volunteers to organise the Sunday evening vigil.

The woman was flown to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital after spending over 10 days in Delhi's Safdarjung hospital, died on December 29.

"We believe that shared remembrance and group participation itself is a positive statement as opposed to doing nothing," said Amita, who hails from India but lives in Singapore.

"We have been overwhelmed by support from people from all walks of life: educationists, doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, writers, professionals, and many more," she said.

"The event was to remind each one of us that this journey of change has just begun, a pledge was taken by all present, basically, promising to do their bit to take a stand on women's equality, respect and safety," Amita said.

The December 16 gangrape, which took place on board a moving bus in Delhi, had sparked protests across the country.

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