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Thousands of candles, prayers for `India`s Daughter`

Times International Desk - January 1st, 2013

HAKA: At sunset, more than a thousand candles offered a sombre glow at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, the designated location for protests against the death of a young medical student, who was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi two weeks ago.
The student died early Thursday morning at a hospital in Singapore, where she had been flown with her parents on an air ambulance on Wednesday night.
The heinous attack on her and a male companion by six drunk men on a bus has aborted a wary resignation of poor security for women and ineffectual laws.
Caught off-guard by the scale of public fury, the government has promised to introduce the death penalty for extreme sexual crimes, and fast-track rape cases to ensure verdicts are delivered quickly.
Thursday`s demonstrations were peaceful, unlike last weekend, when police used batons, water cannon and teargas in clashes with protesters.
To prevent a repeat, the police sealed all access to India Gate and the surrounding high-security areas which host the parliament, Prime Minister`s Office, important ministries and Rashtrapati Bhawan.
At Jantar Mantar, the candle-light vigil in the evening was accompanied by silence, a mark of respect for the young life lost.