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Indian-Americans gathered at the Gandhi Statue here to hold a candlelight vigil for the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim as the US media slammed the "reprehensible crime" saying half of India's population "lives in fear of unspeakable violence".
"Delhi bus incident is our 'Rosa Parks bus incident'. Hopefully we will discuss gender violence more and do something about it," a group of Indian-Americans, who held the candlelight vigil on Saturday night, said on their Facebook page.
Meanwhile, mainstream US newspapers continued to give prominent coverage to the victim's death in Singapore. "The event has shocked Indian society, and many women in other parts of the world are also finding themselves compelled to speak out," wrote Jamila Bey — a journalist based in Washington DC, where she hosts the weekly radio show 'The Sex, Politics And Religion Hour' — in The Washington Post. The CNN reported how law enforcement authorities tried to prevent demonstrations.
It noted that police banned protests in Raisina Hills and closed roads leading to the area, fearing a possible repeat of the furious, large-scale demonstrations that occurred last weekend. It also mentioned that 10 metro stations were ordered closed.
In an editorial, The New York Times said India must work on changing a culture in which women are routinely devalued. "Many are betrothed against their will as child brides, and many suffer cruelly, including acid attacks and burning, at the hands of husbands and family members," it said.
NRIs demand strict action
In London, NRIs, including teachers and homemakers, gathered at the Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Tavistock Square and raised slogans. They held placards demanding an end to assault and rape cases in India. From the Tavistock Square, they marched to the Indian High Commission in Adwych and submitted a memorandum, urging the Government of India to introduce strict punishments for rapists and introduce time-bound investigations.
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