Pics: A year after the day that changed India's attitude towards rape

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New Delhi, Dec 17: Candlelight vigils, floral tributes, protest songs and cleansing fire rituals were performed in many parts of New Delhi to commemorate the incident. Marchers held up colorful handwritten placards that said: "Silence hides violence," "What part of no don't you understand?" and "Raise your sons and daughters the same way."

Hundreds of students, activists and other residents in New Delhi retraced on Monday the route that a young paramedical student took home from a movie a year ago when she was fatally gang-raped on a moving bus, an incident that fueled a national outcry against sexual assaults, reported Washington Post.

The three spots that attracted the most protesters were the movie theater that the rape victim came out of after watching the film "Life of Pi" on the night of Dec. 16, 2012; the stop where she boarded the bus; and the highway where she and her male friend were thrown out of the bus by the six rapists and left to die.

"We are here to map her route. We are reclaiming our right to these streets," said Divya Pant, a 21-year-old banking student wearing a red T-shirt that said "Speak Up."

The 23-year-old woman, popularly called the "fearless one" in Hindi here, died from severe internal injuries in a hospital in Singapore. Many observers say the debate here about women's safety has shifted irreversibly since then.

In New Delhi

People light candles and raise slogans to pay tributes to Damini, the victim of the gang-rape, on the first anniversary of the horrendous incident at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.

In Bhopal

People take part in a candle light vigil to pay tributes to Damini, the victim of the gang-rape, on the first anniversary of the horrendous incident in Bhopal on Monday.

In New Delhi

People take part in a candle light vigil to pay tributes to Damini, the victim of the gang-rape, on the first anniversary of the horrendous incident at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday.

In nBengaluru

Members of various organisations participate in a demonstration against crimes on women on the first death anniversary of "Nirbhaya",who was brutally gangraped an year ago in Delhi, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

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