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Thousands protest for justice for Jessica
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 04, 2006 23:44 IST
Thousands of protesters from all walks of life joined a protest march at India Gate on Saturday evening to express their anguish and resentment against the acquittal of nine people accused in the Jessica Lal murder case.
Model Jessica Lal was shot dead on the night of April 29-30, 1999 allegedly by Manu Sharma when she refused to serve him a drink at the Tamarind Court restaurant in Qutub Colonnade in South Delhi.
Students, senior citizens and others who participated in the march lit candles and shouted slogans like 'Death for Manu Sharma', 'We want Justice for Jessica'.
Jessica's sister Sabrina Lal was present at the venue along with her elder sister Valsla.
"It is nice to see young children protest for a cause. I am here to express my solidarity," remarked Nafisa Ali, who joined the protestors.
"Jessica was like a daughter to me because her mother and I taught in the same school," television personality Sushma Seth said.
Sabrina Lal said she was overwhelmed by the response of the marchers and lauded their support for sending a petition to President A P J Abdul Kalam asking for a reinvestigation and retrial.