A girl lights tapers during a candlelight vigil for Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was assaulted and gang raped on a New Delhi bus on December 16, 2012.
Hundreds of thousands of Indians, appalled by the brutality of the attack, streamed into the streets to demand that India’s government provide security and protection for women.
The 23-year-old student was severely beaten and suffered massive organ damage. She died from her injuries on December 29 en route to a specialized hospital in Singapore. Her father, Badri Singh Pandey, 53, decided to make his daughter’s name public to give strength to other victims.
All across India, the outcry sparked by the murder shows no signs of lessening. The rare national upheaval decrying violence against women has prompted promises of action from a government that has been clumsy at best in responding to public outrage.
Photo: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters