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Delhi rape case: Consulate pays homage, cancels vigil.

Summary: The Indian consulate in Dubai on Sunday joined the Indian expatriates in the UAE in paying homage to the Delhi gang rape victim who passed away on Saturday.

The Indian consulate in Dubai on Sunday joined the Indian expatriates in the UAE in paying homage to the Delhi gang rape victim who passed away on Saturday.

"The news of the demise of the unfortunate 23-year-old victim of the infamous Delhi gang rape has shocked and saddened all of us," the mission said in a media statement on Sunday.

"The Consulate-General of India, Dubai pays homage to the outpourings of grief among Indian citizens in the UAE who have been reaching out to us since today morning."

The statement also clarified that the consulate called off a plan to hold a candle-lit condolence meet on Sunday evening. It cited "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason for cancelling the event.

"We urge all Indians to please disregard any messages otherwise, circulating in the media or on our Facebook page," the mission added.

Even after the message, many Indians turned up at the consulate in the evening to pay homage to the deceased girl.

Several individuals had contacted the mission seeking a platform to offer condolence and to show their solidarity to the cause.

"I wish we people in the UAE could do something to show respect and support, even if it meant gathering at a place at the Consulate-General of India... I feel bad just reading and writing...," Sadia Noori wrote on the consulate's facebook page.

The consulate's morning plan to hold the vigil in the evening in fact spread like a wildfire through smart phones and social networking sites. Several people, mainly youngsters, were readying themselves to attend the event.

They were saddened when the information about its cancellation came through. "The candlelight vigil must happen, especially since the UAE is home to so many Indians, close allies with the country and Indian or not, this incident has disturbed all of us immensely and we must show our solidarity for our braveheart!," another post on the consulate's Facebook page read.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Dec 31, 2012
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