The ongoing protest against the gruesome rape and death of a 23-year-old woman refused to die down as thousands of protestors thronged Jantar Mantar in central Delhi again on Sunday. Five students who tried to break a barricade were detained but later let off.
The protestors lit candles in the evening, demanding speedy justice for the rape victim who was cremated in the capital Sunday morning after her body was flown in from Singapore.
"We don't want any New Year's celebration this time as we are determined to protest till the end," Chesta, 22, a student, said.
Prohibitory orders, restricting gathering of four or more people at a time, were imposed in central Delhi and roads leading to India Gate and Raisina Hill, the centre of power, were barricaded.
Ten Metro stations were shut in the morning for fear of mob violence, but five were reopened in the afternoon.
The protest also witnessed a minor clash in the afternoon between police and some students who broke barricades in an attempt to march towards India Gate. Four people were detained and later let off.
According to some peaceful protestors, those who turned violent were students representing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's students wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
"We want to carry out a peaceful protest. We want to carry forward the movement. But why do police restrain us from protesting at India Gate?" asked a protestor.
Praveen Pandey, a law student from the Jamia Millia Islamia, told IANS: "We will continue to protest even if they barricade major stretches of roads and shut all Metro stations...The police can't stop us from raising our voices."
Deepali Sharma, a student of Amity University, who came to the protest along with friends, told IANS: "We want speedy justice in the gang-rape case. We want strict laws. Till then, we will continue our protest."
The protestors, including some elderly people, mourned in silence the death of the young woman.
Rohit Chahal, state secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, said: "We will be protesting silently, but if the police become violent, we will also have no other option but to retaliate. We demand a special session of parliament to discuss the issue of rising incidence of rapes in India."
The 23-year-old victim, who was gang-raped Dec 16 in a moving bus, was quietly cremated Sunday morning after her body was flown in from Singapore, officials said.
Delhi-like incident won't happen in Goa: Parrikar
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said an incident such as the recent gang-rape in Delhi would not happen in his state, because police there had been asked to show zero tolerance to offences against women.
"Even if a single molestation case is filed and policeman doesn't take action, he has to go home," said Parrikar, an alumnus of IIT Bombay, at the institute's alumni meet here.
Along with Parrikar, fellow IITians Shailesh Gandhi and Sudhindra Kulkarni, and adman Gerson De Cunha spoke at a panel discussion on the topic "channelising anger".
'Getting angry is no solution, we should introspect'
Parrikar said the people were angry, but "I am not because, if I get angry, then I will burn myself (out). Only getting angry is no solution, we should introspect".
Referring to the Delhi incident, he said if the society was to be blamed then the police were blameworthy too. "Why didn't the policemen not think of the victim as their own sister?" he asked.
The anger should be directed "towards yourself", the BJP leader said, adding that "today our patriotism ends after India wins the cricket match".
Karnataka CM favours death for rapists
Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Sunday said his government would extend support to the enactment of the law for awarding death sentence to convicted rapists.
"I am in favour of awarding death sentence to rapists and enacting a law to that effect," Shettar told reporters on the margins of a function here, a day after the 23-year-old gang-rape victim of Delhi died in Singapore.
Spiritual education needed at school-level: Ramdev
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday condoled the death of 23-year-old Delhi gang rape victim, and demanded that the laws should be amended to ensure that capital punishment is given to those accused of the heinous crime.
Ramdev expressed hope that the government will listen to the people's demand and amend the laws regarding sexual assaults.
"Though she has lost her fight for life, but she was a brave girl. She has become a big symbol of protest against rape and sexual harassment. As long as the culprits will be not hanged till death, her soul will be restless. I believe that the government will act to ensure harshest punishment for the rapists," said Ramdev.
He also emphasized that moral and spiritual education should be introduced at the school level along with sex education.
'Let Delhi rape incident be turning point for India'
The greatest homage that the nation can pay to the Delhi gang-rape victim is to ensure that this kind of "horrendous" incident never happens again, BJP leader L K Advani said on Sunday.
It is all the more unfortunate that this had happened in a country that revers women as "mothers and sisters", Advani said at a meeting held here to felicitate senior BJP leader O Rajagopal.
"The sacred chant of the nation is Vande Mataram...In India, women are seen as mothers and sisters...Swamy Vivekananda began his famed Chicago speech by addressing the gathering as sisters and brothers," he said.
"I not only feel grief and sorrow but even anger (over the incident)...How can human beings be so beastly?" he said.
A proper homage to the hapless girl will be to ensure that this kind of a horrendous incident never happens again, the BJP leader said, adding, "let this be a turning point in the history of the country."