On New Year's eve, Mumbai mourns for Delhi gang-rape victim

Mumbai, Dec 31 (IANS) Only a few hours before Mumbai's Gateway of India turns into a party spot with revellers ushering in the New Year, a sombre mood greeted those who gathered here to condole the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim who passed away Saturday.

Participants from social organisations marched to the Gateway of India.

Hundreds of people from the Republican Party of India (RPI) led by party chief Ramdas Athawale joined protestors in a candlelight vigil that started from Regal Cinema in south Mumbai, over a km away from the Gateway of India.

Many marched in silence, carrying placards expressing grief over the woman's death.

Others demanded that the government strengthen law-enforcement and legal systems for speedy justice and deterrent punishment.

They also demanded that women's help desks be set up at all police stations across all cities and towns in India.