As the city gears up to celebrate the New Year with a bang, several clubs and youth have voluntarily avoided the revelry. The police bandobast and their list of dos and don’ts have nothing to do with it. They have taken this decision as a mark of tribute to the Delhi gang rape victim.
Deepali Mehta, a college student, said that they had big plans for the day. “We meet up at a venue that has a DJ and dance the night away. But this time we decided not to have any celebration in memory of the gang rape victim. We don’t feel like celebrating,” said Mehta. She said the incident has also brought an element of fear. “Now, everyone will think twice before venturing out,” said Mehta.
Another student, Dhaval Khunt, said that it was a unanimous decision to call off the celebration. “Every year, we either go to a popular venue or hold parties at friends’ houses. But this time, due to the gang rape incident, we decided not to have any celebration,” said Khunt. He said they have exams starting from the New Year. “But we have it every year and that has never deterred us from having a blast. I think the overall mood is too sombre to be celebrated,” said Khunt.
Meanwhile, three major clubs— Rajpath, Karnavati and YMCA — have cancelled their annual New Year bash. A spokesperson for YMCA said that the decision came from YMCA Delhi.
“It was done keeping in mind the horrific incident that happened in Delhi,” said the spokesperson. Girish Dani, secretary of Karnavati Club, said this is not the first time that it has cancelled a New Year bash in the face of a big tragedy. “We decided to cancel the New Year celebration in view of what happened in Delhi. Our New Year bash following the tsunami incident was also cancelled,” said Dani.
He said that given the grief and anger among the youth, it should come as no surprise if several of them decided to have a muted celebration.
Komal Shah, a professor, said she too gave it up due to the sad note on which the year ended. Parth Adhyaru, a fitness trainer, in his Facebook update, stated that he would not even send out any Happy New Year wishes.