Sat, 29 Dec 2012 20:00:00 GMT | By IANS

India grieves as rape victim loses battle for life

Across the country, in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Bhopal, Patna, Kolkata, in city after city, the grief found echo as hundreds gathered at various places demanding an end to crimes against women

The ripples were felt in Singapore, where people queued up outside the Indian high commission on Grange Road to pay tribute to the doughty woman from a humble family in India's Uttar Pradesh state. Questions also arose on why she was shifted to Singapore when her health was so precarious. And the government was the target. For lax policing that led to the incident, and for taking the risky decision to move her.

The body is to be flown back to India Saturday evening in a special aircraft. As introspection continued on the vulnerability of women, the legal framework to prevent aggravated sexual assaults and ways to stem such crimes, there were tears and protests. From politicians, celebrities, students and domestic workers. Men and women, everybody was a stakeholder.
Many pushed for the death penalty but there were also voices advising against such extreme steps. The president termed the young woman — who had told her family she did not want to die — "a true hero".

"...let us resolve that this death will not be in vain," he added. The prime minister spoke out in almost the same words, saying that it was up to "us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain".

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