Delhi, NCR to ring in New Year with prayers for vic­tim

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPECIAL -

NEW DELHI: Ci­ti­zens across Delhi and NCR have de­cided to ded­i­cate this year to the me­mory of the brave­heart girl who fought till the very end. Many have de­cided not to cel­e­brate the New Year.

"This is the moment where we de­cide who we want to be — in­sen­si­tive peo­ple who don't want to spoil their New Year's plans or ci­ti­zens of the coun­try united in grief. I will be at Jan­tar Man­tar to pay trib­ute to the girl," said Pooja Me­hta, a col­lege stu­dent who was part of the protest march at Delhi Univer­sity on Sun­day.

Sim­i­lar voices have been raised from all across the city shun­ning cel­e­bra­tions in favour of protest marches and con­do­lence meet­ings. "Let there be no cel­e­bra­tion of New Year across the coun­try. It will be a ma­jor trib­ute to the de­parted soul," said Praveen Khan­del­wal, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Con­fed­er­a­tion of All In­dia Traders.

The Vas­ant Vi­har Res­i­dents Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion has also can­celled its New Year cel­e­bra­tions and is hold­ing a con­do­lence meet­ing in­stead. Cibo, a pop­u­lar restau­rant in cen­tral Delhi also can­celled its New Year's party to mourn the gan- grape vic­tim.

The re­solve is ap­par­ent across the satel­lite towns as well. Many res­i­dents and res­i­dents' wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions (RWA) across Gur­gaon have de­cided to boy­cott New Year fes­tiv­i­ties. Many pub own­ers have not or­gan­ised any New Year spe­cial buf­fets, dis­counts, schemes and events. "There is no cel­e­bra­tion mood this year. We didn't feel like or­gan­is­ing any­thing spe­cial. How can we, when in Delhi, there are mass protests and out­rage," said Bharat Maggo, owner of Ipsa Bar and Lounge in Sa­hara Mall, Gur­gaon.

In Noida and Greater Noida many res­i­dents, col­lege/school stu­dents, and in­dus­tri­al­ists de­cided on Sun­day to skip New Year cel­e­bra­tions, and in­stead, pay homage to the brave girl by light­ing a can­dle out­side their homes.

"Each year I used to go some­where to cel­e­brate New Year's eve. But af­ter death of the Delhi brave­heart, I am in no mood to cel­e­brate any­thing. In fact my whole group has de­cided not to go out or hold par­ties," said Ayush Chauhan, 23, a law stu­dent, and a res­i­dent of sec­tor 53.


A gi­ant poster at Jan­tar Man­tar de­mand­ing jus­tice for the gan­grape vic­tim on Sun­day.

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