Delhi braveheart death: Army, Sonia not to celebrate New Year
Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced that the party will not be celebrating the New Year following the incident.
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the death of the Delhi braveheart, who died 13 days after a most brutal sexual and physical assault by a gang of six men aboard a moving bus, the Army has issued advisories to all its formations across the country against holding New Year parties.
Advisory has been issued to all formations that they should not organise New Year parties, Army officials said here. Army chief Gen Bikram Singh and his wife Bubbles Singh will visit patients in Army Research and Referral Hospital here and Base Hospital on the first day of the New Year and distribute sweets.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi too has announced that the party will not be celebrating the New Year following the incident. "Sonia Gandhi has appealed to partymen and well-wishers against coming to her to extend New Year greetings in the wake of gangrape incident," party General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said on Monday.
Amid outpouring of anger and grief in the country, the body of the 23-year-old victim was flown here from Singapore early on Sunday morning and the last rites were performed within hours. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia were present at the airport when the mortal remains of the braveheart.
Both Singh and Sonia had spoken to the family members and consoled them. "December 28 is close to New Year. Normally, we wish each other but not so this time as our thoughts are with the young woman...," she had told reporters on the 127th Foundation Day of Congress at AICC headquarters here on Friday.