Leicester delegation to meet politicians in New Delhi

By gemmapeplow  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

A delegation from Leicester is to meet leading politicians in New Delhi to convey their dismay at the brutal gang rape and death of a 23-year-old medical student.

It will be led by the general secretary of the Leicestershire branch of the Indian Workers Association, Sital Singh Gill.

Mr Gill said he was due to fly out shortly after organising a condolence meeting on Friday to pay homage to the memory of the victim who died in hospital on December 29, two weeks after being attacked on a bus in New Delhi.

Mr Gill said: “We will be sending a delegation of five. Two are already in India to organise the schedule.

“We want to convey our deep concerns from the people of Leicester to the leaders of India’s political parties.”

Mr Gill, who represents 3,600 local members of the association, said: “This brutal and shameful incident has shocked and galvanised the whole country leading to widespread protests and demonstrations all over the country.”

He said around 100 people from across the community attended the event at the Highfields Centre in Melbourne Road.

The speakers paid tribute to the victim and spoke about the various underlying factors which may have led to the attack which Mr Gill said is repeated on a daily basis in India.

The meeting followed an all community vigil at Leicester Cathedral on Sunday, December 30.

It was attended by the Lord Mayor of Leicester Councillor Abdul Osman who gave his support to the forthcoming visit to India by the delegation.

Five men have been charged with rape and murder.

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