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600 Indian guitarists play tribute to gang-rape victim
六百位印度吉他手齊奏 向輪暴受害者致意

Musicians play John Lennon’s Imagine in a memorial tribute to the 23-year old Indian gang rape victim during a mass guitar ensemble consisting of some 600 guitarists in Darjeeling, India on Jan. 3.

Photo: AFP

A group of 600 guitarists have paid a musical tribute to an Indian gang-rape victim, playing Imagine by John Lennon in a bid to spread “hope, peace and promise” in a country still coming to terms with the violence.

The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern Indian hill town of Darjeeling on Jan. 3, nearly three weeks after the brutal rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi brought an outpouring of national anger.

“We chose this song because it talks about hope, peace and promise,” Sonam Bhutia, tourism secretary of Darjeeling and one of the festival organizers, told AFP by telephone.

“The song is so inspiring. It talks about a universe without any boundaries,” Bhutia said of the 1971 Lennon track.

“The tribute was a gesture on our part to show that we are with the victim’s family in their hour of unimaginable sorrow.”

The scenic town of Darjeeling is famous for its tea.

The savage attack on the woman has triggered countrywide protests with calls for better safety and an overhaul of laws governing crimes against women.











1. violence n.

暴力 (bao4 li4)

例: Any type of violence should be repudiated.


2. inspiring adj.

激勵人心的 (ji1 li4 ren2 xin1 de5)

例: Touch of the Light is an inspiring movie.


3. savage adj.

野蠻的 (ye3 man2 dee5)

例: It should be a civilized rather than savage country.


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