Foreigners also join protests

December 31, 2012 - 12:00:00 am

Demonstrators shout slogans as they jump over a police barricade that they seized during a protest in New Delhi, yesterday.

New Delhi: Some foreigners also joined the protests, moved by the savage attack on the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist, who was cremated last morning.

“It is a painful incident,” 27-year-old Gerardo Angiulli from Argentina said. 

A professional photographer touring India on a project, he said he came on his own to Jantar Mantar, a 18th century brick-work observatory, that has turned into a protest site.

Thousands of people, young and old, women and men, are protesting at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital, ever since the December 16 brutal gang rape of the 23-year old woman.

Angiulli said he understands the pain of the family and wanted to join the protestors to show solidarity.

“I have three sisters in Argentina and I can feel the pain of the family members,” Angiulli, who was accompanied by a female colleague, said.

“I think women in India are ill-treated and it really upsets me. This is one major reason for such incidents to happen,” he said.

Angiulli’s colleague Helene Dosia, in her 20s, said the best way to wake authorities was to hold peaceful protests.

Andrew Wilson from Britain said he had come to India for a visit with his family.

“I read about it and was really moved. I wanted to be part of this peaceful protest,” said Wilson, who has been in India before.

“I prayed for the departed soul. It must be a very traumatic time for the family,” he said.

“The outpouring of grief and sorrow (at Jantar Mantar) has really moved me. I hope the government would step in now and stop such barbarous incidents from happening in the future,” Wilson said as protestors raised angry slogans against the government for not doing enough to stop such attacks from happening.