Besides expressing their solidarity for unfortunate victim, they demanded speedy trial of the case and stringent punishment for the perpetrators of the gruesome crime.
Among the actors, lyricists and singers who took part in the candlelight vigil were Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azami, Om Puri, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Alka Yagnik, Prasoon Joshi, Deepika Padukone, Kunal Kapoor, Kialash Kher, Satish Kaushik and Sonu Nigam.
They voiced their ire and anguish against the incident, which led to death of the young 23 year-old paramedical student.
"Safety of women is a prerequisite of a civilised society. We do not want to be defined as goddesses; we want equality, we demand respect," said Shabana Azmi.
"It is time to reflect, to analyse, to do a bit of soul searching as to how each segment in the society has been culpable and led to a mindset that makes man treat woman like property."
While expressing condolences, Jaya Bachchan broke down in tears and said: "I apologise to the victim's family and all women of this country. Let us promise we will never let this happen again."
People from all walks of life, a majority of them comprising of youth, boy and girl students, housewives and working women, had gathered in unity across the country to register their silent and dignified protest over the dastardly crime.
In unison, they have been demanding the government to own up and accept ground realities, and introduce stringent laws to deter rapists and allied crimes against women.
In picture: Genelia D'Souza joins her voice to the outpouring of anger and anguish
Text: ANI; Images: Sify.com