RnM Team    31 Dec 12 14:44 IST

MUMBAI: Music artists across the fraternity have mourned the death of the 23 year old medical student who was savagely raped in Delhi. The victim, who was flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, lost her courageous battle for life early on Saturday.

Noted playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthy said the incident was a sad chapter in India’s history and that rape was becoming a growing crime. Educating people to give respect to others especially women and treating them as equal individuals was the need of the hour, she told Radioandmusic.com.

“What can I say? It was so tragic. I am concerned about the rapid depth of immorality that we are sinking into. I used to be proud of India; for its spirituality, morality and support system within families. But now I feel empty and sad for the country. This shouldn't have happened in a democratic country. The only thing I am ‘happy’ about is the protest launch by the girls who would have gone through similar traumas. You could see the depth of anger in their voices. I don’t think hanging is the solution as a punishment, it could prove to be dangerous as the next culprit would make sure the victim doesn’t survive.”

Two weeks ago, the victim and her male friend boarded a bus after watching a movie at night. The bus driver and his accomplices raped the victim, assaulted her friend and threw her off the bus.

“The country is sleepwalking. It’s time for introspection. Indians should stop talking about China and Pakistan and look inside ourselves. To say the incident is a ‘wake up’ call is too simplistic. I am amazed at the way people in power are thinking (going by their reaction or lack of it) but the victim has lit the fire under their pants and they are sure to get burnt. At the social level, I blame both parents who inculcate certain attitudes in their children. While some are too scared to touch women, others have the confidence to go ahead and molest and degrade them,” said singer-guitarist Lesle Lewis.

The savagery and callousness of the attack on the young girl spurred Delhi’s citizens - known for their lackadaisical attitude towards uncouth behavior, to launch protest marches against the crime and its perpetrators who were all caught. Marching up to the Parliament and other landmark sites, the protesters largely college students

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