Candle march in Homes 121 in support of Hyderabad rape victim
Candle march in Homes 121 in support of Hyderabad rape victim
Mirah Zamin
Candle march in Homes 121 in support of Hyderabad rape victim
Photo: CitySpidey

Candle march in Homes 121 in support of Hyderabad rape victim

Noida: A group of residents from Homes 121, a society in Noida, on Sunday held a peaceful candle light march at the main gate of the society to protest rape and murder of a 27-year-old female veterinarian in Hyderabad. 

People were seen holding candle against a banner reading 'Justice for Priyanka' which depicted Bharat Mata wearing Indian flag and holding a wounded girl in her arms.

Talking to CitySpidey, Dr Archana, a resident of the society, said, "Laws are in place, but now is the time to go door-to-door, person-to-person and talk about this. Unless we the people start a campaign against this, the change will not be possible.”

She added, “I feel ashamed that while our country claims to be developing, a crime like this shakes humanity.”

There has been an outrage across the country ever since the gruesome incident took place in Hyderabad in which the 27-year-old veterinary doctor was dragged to a secluded place by four men before taking turns to rape her. Later, the culprits burnt her alive on the outskirts of Hyderabad on November 26. 

During their interrogation, it came to light that one of the accused punctured two-wheeler on purpose before the incident. 

Retd Commander JS Khural, another resident holding a brief talk with the group, said, "We have had enough of Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao. Now is the time for the parents to start 'Bete ko samjhao'.

Khural over a conversation with a reporter said, “A candle march is a collective effort to sensitise the young minds. I spoke to the parents who came for the march and asked them to start educating their children about how they should respect females.”

He added it is important to provide sex education and also create fear for the law among the generation.