Delhi gangrape, victim Damini,Nibhaya,Amanat told the magistrate “She faced all of this and that the accused should not be hanged but burnt to death.” Before here death in her statement to magistrate.
Victims friend who was the only witness to the crime gives above statement in public to Zee News which had allready been booked by Police for revealing the identity of rape victim to some order. Another political shame in India with help of corroupt Law & Order.
People stared at us and left, but didn’t help: Delhi gang-rape victim’s friend
January 05, 2013,
New Delhi: The male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim - the only witness in the case - on Friday spoke for the first time in front of the nation and exclusively told Zee News that his friend was “positive” and wanted to live even after the horrific incident that took place on the night of December 16.
"I wish I could have saved her," the friend exclusively told Zee News Editor Sudhir Chaudhary.
The victim’s friend explained to Zee News in detail what exactly happened on that fateful night of December 16.
He said that no one came to their help after they were thrown off the bus by the six accused. Even after the police arrived, it took the cops over two hours to take them to hospital.
The victim’s friend said that since December 16, protests have been happening and people are on the streets. “Many things have come out in the media, but people have been interpreting it as per their convenience. I want to tell them what we faced that night. I want to tell what I faced, what my friend faced,” he told Zee News, expressing hope that people could take a lesson and save others’ lives in future.
He said that the six accused had lured them into boarding the bus on the night of December 16.
“The occupants of the bus, which had tinted windows and curtains, had laid a trap for us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with an iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.
“The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and the helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. They then started teasing my friend and it led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest of them brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away.
“From where we boarded the bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial the police control room number 100, but the accused snatched her mobile away,” he said.
“Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched our mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime,” he added.
“After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down but I saved my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. We were without clothes. We tried to stop passersby. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but none stopped for about 25 minutes. Then, someone on patrolling, stopped and called the police,” he told Zee News.
The victim’s friend rued the fact that three PCR vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station’s jurisdiction the case fell.
He said nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called an ambulance. “They were just watching us,” he said, adding that after repeated requests, someone gave him a part of a bed sheet to cover his friend.
“My friend was bleeding profusely; I was more concerned about her. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a hospital (Safdarjung) that was far away.”
The victim’s friend said that he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as “the policemen didn’t help us because my friend girl was bleeding profusely and they were probably worried about their clothes”.
“Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they helped us, they would become witnesses to the crime and would be asked to come to the police station and court,” he told the channel.
“Even at the hospital, we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I asked one ‘safai karamchari’ to give me some clothes or curtains and he asked me to wait. But the clothes never came. I then borrowed a stranger’s mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I had met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came,” he said.
“I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks,” he said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.
“My family wanted to take me to our native place but I decided to stay in Delhi in order to help the police. It was only after the doctors’ advice that I went back to my home and started private treatment there.”
“When I had met my friend in the hospital, she was smiling. She was able to write and was positive. I never felt that she did not want to live,” he said.
“She had told me that if I wasn’t there, she would not have filed the complaint. I had decided that I would ensure the culprits are punished,” the victim’s friend said.
He said that his friend was also worried about the cost of the treatment. “I was asked to be with her to give her strength.”
“When she gave the first statement to the lady SDM, only then I came to know what had happened with her. I couldn’t believe what they did to her. Even when animals hunt, they don’t mete out such brutality to their prey.
“She faced all of this and told the magistrate that the accused should not be hanged but burnt to death.”
“The first statement she gave to the SDM was correct. She had given that statement with a lot of effort. She was coughing and bleeding while giving the statement. She was on ventilator support. There was no pressure or interference at all. But when the SDM said that she had faced pressure, all her (friend’s) efforts went in vain. It is wrong to say that the statement was made under pressure,” the victim’s friend told Zee News.
When asked what suggestions he would like to give in order to ensure that such incidents don’t recur, the victim’s friend said, “The police should always try to ensure that the victims are taken to the hospital as early as possible and not waste precious time looking for government hospitals. Also, witnesses should not be harassed so that they come to the court to testify.”
He said that one cannot change mindsets by lighting candles. "You have to help people on the road when they need help,” he added.
“Protest and change should not only be for her but for the coming generations as well.”
The victim’s friend said that he wanted the Justice Verma committee - set up by the government to suggest measures to improve women’s security - to make the law easier for complainants.
“I would like to tell Justice JS Verma, Justice Leila Seth and Gopal Subramanium that we have a lot of laws, but the public is afraid of going to police as they wonder whether the police will register an FIR or not. You are trying to start fast-track courts for one issue, but why shouldn’t every case be fast tracked,” he said.
He further said that “only he can tell what he has gone through… what I have faced…”
He disclosed that “no one from the government has contacted me so far to ask about my treatment. I have been paying for my own treatment so far.”
When asked why people don’t want to talk about such issues in public, the victim’s friend said, “In our society, we try to hide such things. If something bad has happened with us, then we try to hide thinking what will the other person say. Also because our friends and relatives talk behind our back about such incidents, that we try to prevent them from becoming public.”
“If I had decided not to file the complaint and just call the incident an accident, this case would not have become this big.”
He rued the people’s indifference towards him and his friend when they were lying on the road. “They (the people) had cars, they could have taken us to the hospital. Every minute was important for us. But they didn’t. Who will change this attitude?” he asked.
He said his mental condition was so bad after the incident that he was not able to sleep properly. “I didn’t share this with anyone. When such a thing happens to us, we often ask ourselves: ‘Am I to blame for this? Why did I go to the mall? Why did I board that bus?’ I was not able to even speak properly for two weeks.”
He said that if his friend was “treated in a better hospital, she would have probably been alive today.” It may be noted that the gang-rape victim was first treated at the Safdarjung Hospital before being shifted to a hospital in Singapore, where she passed away.
He went on to say that one of the police officials wanted him to say that the police were doing a good job in the case.
“Why did they want to take credit for doing their duty? If everyone does their work well, nothing more needs to be said in the matter,” he said.
"We have a long battle to fight," he said further, adding, “If I didn't have lawyers in my family, I would not have been able to fight this.”
The victim’s friend also told Zee News, "I was in the police station for four days rather than being in a hospital where I would be treated. I told my friends that I had met with an accident."
"The internal judgement of the Delhi Police should prompt them to assess for themselves if they have done a good job or not," he added.
"If you can help someone, help them. If a single person had helped me that night, things would have been different. There is no need to close Metro stations and stop the public from expressing themselves. People should be allowed to have faith in the system," he went on to say.
"I never had thoughts of leaving her and running away. Even an animal would not do that. I have no regrets. But I wish I could have done something to help her."
“She has awakened us. If we can carry on this fight with her name, it would be tribute to her,” he said.
NEW DELHI: While Nirbhaya's brutal gang-rape horrified the nation, the events that followed the crime revealed shocking callousness on the part of both citizens and the police. In his first public statement, Nirbhaya's friend said on Friday that the two of them lay naked on the road for more than two hours with people stopping to look at them and then moving on.
"My friend was grievously injured and bleeding profusely. Cars, autos and bikes slowed down and sped away. I kept waving for help. The ones who stopped stared at us, discussing what could have happened. Nobody did anything," he said in an interview to Zee News channel.
According to the friend, the apathy did not end even after the police entered the scene. Three PCR vans arrived at the spot. Then, in an exhibition of mindless, totally insensitive bureaucratic behaviour, the cops spent the next half-hour arguing over whose jurisdiction the crime fell under, he said.
"The police did not pick us up. One of them tore a sheet and offered it to me to cover my friend. In my injured state, I picked her up and put her in the PCR van," said the friend, narrating his story with poise and composure.
"The police took us to Safdarjung Hospital rather than going to the nearest private hospital. Had it not been late at night when there's hardly any traffic on the roads, my friend would have died that very day," he said.
Appearing on camera with his right leg still in a cast, the software engineer recounted the treatment meted out to him at Safdarjung Hospital. "When we reached the hospital, I sat without clothes on the floor for a long time even as my friend was taken inside for treatment."
He said for the next four days, he lay on a stretcher in the police station, where he was not provided any treatment or counselling. In fact, he added that his treatment was being done at a private hospital on his own expense.
Speaking about the heinous crime, he said the accused tricked them into boarding the bus, which had black film on the windows and curtains. "First, three of them came passing lewd comments. I fought with them. Then two more came with a rod. They hit me even as my friend was trying to shield me. We both kept shouting for help," he said.
The bus drove through the city for around two-and-a-half hours while the two were being attacked, the youth said.
Asked about the move to shift Nirbhaya to Singapore for treatment, he said it was an opportunistic decision aimed at controlling the protests. "When they thought the pressure was too much to handle, they moved her to Singapore. Had she been taken to a good hospital in the first place, she would have been alive."
He said Nirbhaya was so determined to see that the guilty are punished that she fought through her pain and gave her statement to the SDM twice. "She gave all details of the crime to the magistrate — things we can't even talk about. She told me that the culprits should be burnt alive."
"I never thought she won't live. She used to smile when I visited her. She used to tell her family not to worry. She asked about expenses. She was attached to her roots as any other commoner," he said.
On whether the police chief should step down, he avoided a direct answer, saying, "I don't want to ask them to resign. But if the SHO or the ACP or the DCP or the police commissioner realize they had lacked in their duty somewhere, they should resign on moral grounds. They should go on their own."
He urged the protesters to keep up the pressure on the authorities, saying that is the only way things could change. "Change won't happen by lighting candles, we need to change ourselves too. I feel everything was happening under the pressure of the protests. When the pressure was high, officials and politicians visited."
Significantly, he was not in favour of naming the new law on sexual offences after his friend. Instead, he said, the existing laws should be implemented properly. "We have enough laws. And laws do not have anything to do with name. The common people don't associate with the name or the sections; justice is more important for them. They should focus more on implementing laws and ensuring safety of the people."
The friend, who has been under counselling to overcome the trauma, said he was haunted by the events of December 16. "I can't forget that night or what happened after that. I keep blaming myself, thinking I should have not done this or that."
दिल्ली गैंगरेप: पीड़िता के दोस्त और डॉक्टर ने पहली बार मीडिया के सामने खोली जुबान
Source: Dainik Bhaskar
नई दिल्ली. दिल्ली गैंगरेप पीड़ित छात्रा का दोस्त पहली बार सामने आया। शुक्रवार को इस एकमात्र चश्मदीद ने समाचार चैनल जी न्यूज़ के जरिए सिलसिलेवार बताया कि 16 दिसंबर की रात क्या हुआ था। उसी की जुबानी इस कहानी में हमने यह ध्यान रखा है कि पीड़िता की पहचान जाहिर न हो और पीड़ित पक्ष और अदालत में चल रहे मुकदमे पर कोई नकारात्मक असर न पड़े। हम इसे गंभीरता के साथ इसलिए दे रहे हैं क्योंकि देश के लिए यह जानना जरूरी है कि किन लोगों की लापरवाही के चलते पीड़िता को समय पर मदद नहीं मिली। ‘बस में सवार छह लोगों ने हमें बेरहमी से मारा। बस के शीशों पर काली फिल्म चढ़ी थी और पर्दे लगे थे। लाइटें भी बंद थीं। हम एक-दूसरे को बचाने की कोशिश कर रहे थे। शोर भी मचाया। मेरे दोस्त ने पुलिस को फोन करने का प्रयास भी किया। लेकिन गुंडों ने उनका मोबाइल छीन लिया। मेरे सिर पर रॉड मारी गई। फिर मैं बेहोश हो गया। होश आया तो देखा-वे बस को यहां से वहां दौड़ा रहे हैं। कोई दो-ढाई घंटे तक ऐसा चलता रहा। उसके बाद महिपालपुर फ्लाईओवर के नीचे हम दोनों को फेंक दिया। वे मेरी दोस्त को कुचलना भी चाहते थे। लेकिन किसी तरह मैंने उन्हें खींचकर बस के नीचे आने से बचाया। हमारे पास कपड़े नहीं थे। शरीर से खून बह रहा था। हम इंतजार करते रहे कि कोई तो मदद करेगा। कई गाड़ियां पास से गुजरीं, मैंने हाथ हिलाकर रुकने को कहा.. ऑटो, कार वाले स्पीड स्लो करते लेकिन रुका कोई नहीं। मैं चिल्लाता रहा कि कोई कपड़े तो दे दो। लेकिन किसी ने कपड़े नहीं दिए। 20-25 मिनट तक हम मदद के लिए लोगों को पुकारते रहे। 15-20 लोग वहां खड़े थे। कोई कह रहा था कि लूट का मामला होगा। डेढ़-दो घंटे हम वहीं पड़े रहे। वे चाहते तो पीसीआर, एम्बुलेंस का इंतजार करने के बजाय हमें अस्पताल ले जा सकते थे। फिर किसी ने फोन किया। तीन पीसीआर वैन आईं। लेकिन पुलिस वाले आपस में ही उलझे रहे। कोई आधा घंटे तक वे बहस करते रहे कि ये किस थाने का केस है? इसके बाद उन्होंने हमें सफदरगंज अस्पताल पहुंचाया। महिपालपुर से पास के अस्पताल नहीं ले गए। पहले एम्स ले जाने वाले थे। इसमें ढाई घंटे लग गए। वहां भी किसी ने मदद नहीं की। किसी ने कंबल तक नहीं दिया। सफाईवाले से मदद मांगी। कहा पर्दा ही दे दो। ठंड लग रही है। लेकिन किसी ने नहीं दिया। मेरे हाथ-पैर से खून बह रहा था। मैं हाथ भी नहीं उठा पा रहा था। पैर में फ्रेक्चर था। लेकिन घटना की रात से अगले तीन-चार दिन थाने में ही रहा। मैंने भी पहले सोचा कि मामले को छिपाया जाए। मैंने सबसे कहा एक्सीडेंट हुआ है। घटना वाली रात को ही मैं पुलिस थाने आ गया था। वहां से मैंने दोस्तों को फोन लगाकर एक्सीडेंट की ही जानकारी दी। यह केस बहुत बड़ा हो गया था। इस वजह से शिकायत दर्ज हो पाई। एसडीएम के सामने बयान होना था। सभी ने कहा कि मैं मौजूद रहूंगा तो दोस्त कान्फिडेंट रहेगी। मैं हॉस्पिटल पहुंचा। वह वेंटीलेटर पर थी। ऑक्सीजन मास्क लगा था। बोलने के लिए मास्क हटाना पड़ता था। फिर भी उन्होंने बयान दर्ज कराया। तीन-चार पन्ने के स्टेटमेंट पर सिग्नेचर भी किए। उस दौरान बहुत सी ऐसी बातें भी सामने आईं जो मुझे भी पता नहीं थी। इतनी क्रूरता तो जानवर भी नहीं कर सकता। वह भी शिकार को गला दबाकर मार डालता है। यहां तो जिंदा इंसान के साथ ऐसा किया कि मैं घटना के बारे में कह भी नहीं सकता। अगले दिन पता चला कि एसडीएम ने पुलिस पर दबाव डालने का बयान दिया है। जबकि वह सही स्टेटमेंट था। मेरी दोस्त की कोशिश बेकार गई। मेडिसिन देने का समय हो गया था, लेकिन वह डॉक्टरों के टोकने के बावजूद बयान देती रही थीं। मेरी मानसिक स्थिति ठीक नहीं थी। मैं सो भी नहीं पा रहा था। जिनके साथ आप रहते हैं, आपकी दोस्त हैं, तो उसकी तस्वीर आपके सामने आती है। आप अपने आपको ब्लेम करते हो। आप गए ही क्यों? वही बस क्यों ली? ये क्यों नहीं किया? दो हफ्ते तक तो मैं बात भी नहीं कर पा रहा था। कोई कुछ पूछता भी था तो इरिटेशन होता था। लोग पूछते हैं कि आपने जान बचाने की सोची क्या? मैंने जवाब दिया-नहीं। ऐसा तो जानवर भी नहीं सोचता होगा। आपका दोस्त मुश्किल हालात में है तो उसे छोड़कर भागने की सोची ही नहीं जा सकती। ऐसा करता तो आज मैं पागल हो जाता। मैं जी भी नहीं पाता। होश रहने तक कोशिश की। कम से कम मुझे इस बात का खेद नहीं है कि मैंने कोशिश नहीं की। लेकिन सोचता हूं कि काश मैं बचा पाता।
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समिति में जस्टिस जेएस वर्मा, जस्टिस लीला सेठ, गोपाल सुब्रमण्यम हैं। मैं तीनों से रिक्वेस्ट करूंगा कि हमारे पास काफी कानून है। लेकिन आम पब्लिक को एफआईआर से जुड़ी समस्याओं और डर का सामना करना पड़ता है। पुलिस वाला एफआईआर करेगा या नहीं करेगा। यदि करता भी है तो कानूनी पचड़े में आम आदमी फंसना नहीं चाहता। एक घटना को लेकर फास्ट ट्रैक कोर्ट बनाने की कोशिश की जा रही है। क्यों न कुछ ऐसा किया जाए जो फास्ट ट्रैक या नॉर्मल ट्रैक बनाने की जरूरत ही न पड़े। इस केस की बात करें तो शायद मुझसे बेहतर कोई हो ही नहीं सकता। मैंने इस पल को जीया है। मैंने फेस किया है। मैंने जो देखा है, वह दूसरा कोई महसूस नहीं कर सकता। मैंने जो जीया है, वह मैं ही बता सकता हूं। मेरे सामने जो गुजरी है, वह मैं ही बता सकता हूं। अस्पताल में मैं दोस्त से लगातार मिल रहा था। वह केस डील होने के तरीके से संतुष्ट थी। मुझ पर उसे भरोसा था। लिखकर पूछा कि मैं कैसा हूं, बोल नहीं पा रही थी। सुन पा रही थी। मैंने बताया कि सभी पकड़े गए हैं। आप ठीक हो जाओ। आगे भी हम लड़ेंगे। उसे ट्रीटमेंट की कॉस्ट की चिंता थी। मैंने कहा कि उसकी चिंता मत करो। सब ठीक हो जाएगा। मेरी दोस्त ने कहा था कि दोषियों को फांसी नहीं, जिंदा जलाया जाना चाहिए
दिल्ली पुलिस जी न्यूज पर केस दर्ज करेगी, पीड़ित की पहचान आम करने का आरोप : दिल्ली पुलिस ने दुष्कर्म पीड़ित छात्रा के दोस्त का इंटरव्यू प्रसारित करने के मामले में जी न्यूज के खिलाफ एफआईआर दर्ज करने का फैसला किया है। दिल्ली पुलिस के प्रवक्ता राजन भगत ने बताया कि चैनल ने पीड़ित की पहचान जाहिर की है। दुष्कर्म सहित कुछ अन्य मामलों में ऐसा करने की कानूनी मनाही है। इसलिए चैनल के खिलाफ आईपीसी की धारा 228(ए) के तहत केस दर्ज किया जाएगा।
पहली बार डॉक्टर त्रेहान ने दिया बयान : दामिनी का इलाज करने वाले डॉक्टरों में से एक नरेश त्रेहन ने शुक्रवार को संवाददाताओं के साथ बातचीत में कहा "जिस वक्त पीड़िता को सिंगापुर ले जाया गया उस समय वह जीवित थी।" गैंगरेप की शिकार दामिनी को सिंगापुर ले जाने वाले एयर एंबुलेंस का इंतजाम मेदांता अस्पताल के चेयरमैन नरेश त्रेहन ने ही किया था। गौरतलब है कि पीड़ित छात्रा की मौत के बाद सरकार की चारो ओर आलोचना हुई थी। आरोप लगाया गया था कि दामिनी ने सिंगापुर के लिए उड़ान भरने से पहले ही दम तोड़ दिया था। इन अफवाहों पर सफाई देने के लिए डॉक्टर त्रेहन शुक्रवार को पहली बार मीडिया के सामने आकर बोले। डॉक्टर त्रेहन ने कहा, "हालांकि पीड़ित को हार्ट अटैक हुआ था, लेकिन डॉक्टरों की मौजूदगी के कारण कोई बड़ा नुकसान नहीं हो सका।" हालांकि, कुछ लोगों का मानना है कि बुरी तरह से घायल छात्रा की हालत पहले ही काफी बिगड़ चुकी थी। कुछ लोगों का कहना है कि राजधानी में व्यापक जनांदोलन को शांत करने के मकसद से पीड़िता को अनावश्यक रूप से सिंगापुर भेजा गया। इस संबंध में सरकार पहले ही कह चुकी है कि पीड़िता को सिंगापुर भेजने का फैसला विशेषज्ञ डॉक्टरों से बात करने के बाद लिया गया था।
Coolest sadest day on New Year Eve of 2012-2013 with 23 year Girl Rape Protests still on on coldest day with 2.7 degrees temperature recorded in New Delhi which is lowest in last 5 years
Coolest day recorded in New Delhi in last 5 years with temperatures as low as 2.7 to 4 degrees in New Delhi India amidst the protests which are still on for the 23 year old rape victim who died recently.
Many across India canceled festive New Year's Eve celebrations Monday out of respect for the young woman who died days earlier from injuries suffered during a brutal gang rape.
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The unidentified victim, a 23-year-old student, died Saturday from severe internal injuries that her assailants caused with a metal rod during the attack on a bus two weeks ago. Six men have been arrested and charged with murder in the December 16 attack in New Delhi. They could face the death penalty if convicted.
Reflecting the country's somber mood, hotels, clubs, India's military and even the head of the ruling Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, called off their parties to greet the new year. Many have joined candlelight vigils in the capital and other major cities. Others have chosen to protest peacefully, in contrast to the violent demonstrations that erupted in New Delhi a week ago.
Protests continue, New Year celebrations muted.
With the nation united in its feeling of grief and outrage over the brutal rape and the death of the woman, the Indian Army and several other institutions, including private clubs and residential societies, decided either to have low-key New Year celebrations or scrap them altogether.
The usual buzz surrounding New Year was missing with lesser turnouts in hotspots like India Gate and Connaught Place.
Several clubs, including the Press Club of India and Delhi Gymkhana, and five-star hotels cancelled their New Year revelries following the death of the girl.
Protests were held at Jantar Mantar where a makeshift memorial was also built.
At the Jantar Mantar, hundreds of protestors continued their vigil at the place that has become the protest site since the horrific incident.
Undeterred by the biting cold and frosty winds, they sang songs, raised slogans and some even performed a 'havan' - a ritual by fire - for the departed soul. Monday was the season's coldest with the maximum at 13 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 5.5 degrees.
The Delhi government has announced Rs 15 lakh compensation to the woman's family and a job to one of her family members. She was the oldest of three siblings and was about to get a job. The UP government also announced Rs 20 lakh compensation for the victim's kin.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who has been the target of ire of the anti-rape protestors and was even booed out of Jantar Mantar two days ago, made the compensation announcement. The chief minister attended the cremation at Dwarka early Sunday.
Muted New Year's Eve as India mourns rape victim
Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:14pm IST
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The armed forces cancelled New Year's Eve parties on Monday, reflecting the sombre mood across India after the gang rape and murder of a student that triggered an international outcry.
High-end clubs, politicians and ordinary Indians also called off celebrations as a mark of respect for the 23-year-old woman who died on Saturday two weeks after her brutal assault.
The attack prompted protests and a national debate that revealed deep fissures in Indian society, where staunchly patriarchal views about women clash with a fast-modernising urban culture.
Authorities clamped down on demonstrations in the heart of the city before Christmas, but hundreds of people gathered for vigils on Monday night and more events were planned across the city.
The army, navy and air force were ordered to cancel any parties, said a defence ministry spokesman.
"There is no New Year celebration ... There will be a candlelight tribute at 6 pm. After that the club will be closed," said Rajiv Hora, secretary of the Delhi Golf Club in the centre of the capital.
The Press Club of India and the ruling Congress Party also cancelled parties as did the Gymkhana Club, a private members' organisation known for its lavish end-of-year celebrations.
The December 16 attack highlighted an epidemic of violence against women in India, where one rape is reported on average every 20 minutes.
"We are extremely concerned about the number of rape cases throughout India and the widespread pattern of violence against women," said Lise Grande, U.N. Resident Coordinator in India.
"It is alarming that too many of these cases are children. One in three of the rape victims is a child," she added.
The protests over the attack caught authorities by surprise and forced them to promise tough new laws and swift action to punish attackers and protect women.
The government has set up two panels headed by retired judges to recommend measures to ensure women's safety.
"In the New Year, there should be a revision of all laws related to crimes against women," Sushma Swaraj, a senior leader from the main Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), told a gathering of supporters in the capital who met to express solidarity with the victim.
"We have asked the government to convene a special session of parliament where we can discuss the issue," Swaraj added.
A senior Congress party official told Reuters the government and main opposition parties had agreed there was a need for more severe punishments for sex offenders.
The Congress party was also discussing the option of including chemical castration as a penalty in future legislation, added the official, who asked not to be named.
Police detained five men and one teenager in connection with the crime, and are likely to press murder charges later this week. Prosecutors are expected to seek a death sentence for the adults.
India only executes criminals in extreme cases, most recently Ajmal Kasab, the only gunmen to survive a 2008 commando-style onslaught in Mumbai, who was hanged in November.
Protestors plan to spend New Year's eve at Jantar Mantar
Some of the protestors gathered outside Jantar Mantar said they would not be celebrating new year's eve but would spend the night protesting instead in order to send a message to the government.
A section of protestors plans to spend the night of December 31 at Jantar Mantar.
Umair Khaliq will not get drunk this New Year's eve. He will not groove to his favourite Honey Singh numbers. He will not be found zipping in his SUV on Delhi's roads in the wee hours. Rather, the 21-year-old photographer has told his friends he will spend December 31st night at Jantar Mantar. "I don't feel like celebrating this year. I never thought I would decide to stay back at Jantar Mantar. But then I will do it," says Khaliq, who has been participating in anti-rape protests in the national capital for three days now. "I don't know how many of my friends will join me. But I don't care."
Khaliq and his group of around 30 odd people- students, working professional and traders who befriended each other during the agitation in the wake of Delhi gangrape - will stay back at the protest venue at least till 1 a.m, tonight. "We will light candled and pray for her. She was one of us," says Khaliq.
Animesh Verma works as a chef in Australia. On his current visit to the national capital, he says this is not the time to celebrate but to send a message that the country will not tolerate crime against women. "I could have stayed back home tonight. But I will be here at the protest venue because this government has a hearing problem. We need to be loud in giving this message to them. That's why the plan at Jantar Mantar," says he. Verma has informed more than 50 people through social media about the programme. "It does not matter to me if they don't come. I want to do my bit," says Verma.
For BBA student Ashish Gehlot, decisions such as spending the night of December 31st at Jantar Mantar, is a step towards creating a sensitised society. "We can't be an ignorant society and depend only on the government to contain rape cases. The question all of us should be asking is: What are we doing to stop crime against women?" says Gehlot, who said that he and at at least ten of his friends will pray for a new mindset this new year.
Despite it being a working day, around 400 people gathered at Jantar Mantar on Monday, demanding a stricter rape law, more than ten days after a physiotherapy student was gangraped aboard a moving in South Delhi's Munirka area. The 23-year-old victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on Saturday.
Meanwhile the Delhi Police have said that a case has been registered at the Vasant Vihar police station under section IPC 228(a) against a reporter, editor and printer of the Mail Today newspaper because they had published the real name of the gang-rape victim and a picture of her brother. The police have taken suo moto cognizance of the matter.
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Explored ""Sofia in Bulgaria "" on start of this NEW YEAR 2013. On 1st January 2013 i just relaxed to make a good start for my travels around the World. this is my 7 th year of World Tour i started in June 2007 after exploring whole of India which is the 7th largest country in World by land area. I simply elaxed for first day on 1-1-2013 and made a resolution to have quality travels than quantity travels. On my first trip of year 2013 i headed to New Delhi where i had a great time with intimates at ITC MAURYA in Diplomatic Enclave. Now i am back to base ""Doha in Qatar"". Yesterday when i was in New Delhi, It was a coolest day recorded in last 5 years with temperatures recorded as low as 2.7 degrees in New Delhi India amidst the protests which are still on for the 23 year old rape victim . I guess my Hometown in Himachal must be snowing badly which brings this cool wave. Continuing my journey further I vl be heading to ""Madrid & Barcelona in Spain"" , ""Dhaka in Bangladesh"", ""Perth in Australia"" , ""New Delhi in India"" 2nd time again in January 2013 with ""Tokyo in Japan"" and my Travel story continues...
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