More than 80 Indian students studying at National Tsing Hua University are scheduled to gather today to pay condolences to the victim of a gang rape in New Delhi, India, that has sparked massive protests in that country.
The students plan to walk around the campus, with the participants holding candles in their hands with the aim of raising public awareness about gender issues, the university in Hsinchu City said.
“We, Indians residing at Hsinchu (Taiwan), would like to express our deepest condolences for the victim, who died on Dec. 29, and we plan a condolence gathering against the unpleasant incidents regarding violence against women happening in India and all around the globe,” the organizers said on their Facebook page.
“The purpose of the event is to send across a strong message to our nation, India, and the people who are presently protesting against such a heinous crime,” said Madhulika Sinha, one of the organizers.
“Through this gathering, we want to convey to the people of India, the Indian government, the people of Taiwan and other nations, that there is a need for a stricter action towards such crimes and the criminals must not be pardoned,” she said.
Students from other countries are welcome to join the Indian students today, said Chen Chia-hui (陳佳惠), a project manager at the university’s Office of Global Affairs who helped the students organize the event.
“They would like participants to each write down some thoughts on the incident. They want the Indian government to know that although they are not in the country, they are much concerned about the crime,” Chen said.
The victim, an Indian medical student, died on Dec. 29 last year at a Singapore hospital after being gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi.
The violent crime has sparked widespread outrage among the Indian public, with many people demanding better protection for women against sexual violence.