Around 40 students gathered in the Diag at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Dec. 13 evening to honor Ruth George and Dr. Priyanka Reddy, who were victims of rape and murder, The Michigan Daily reported. The vigil was organized by the South Asian Awareness Network (SAAN). It featured musical and spoken-word performances from student groups Yoni Ki Baat and Michigan Sahana.
George, an Indian American college student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was raped and murdered in a parking lot on Nov. 23 after ignoring a man’s catcalls. A few days later, Dr. Priyanka Reddy, a veterinary doctor, was gang-raped, murdered and burnt in Hyderabad.
The Dec. 13 vigil lasted around half an hour, The Michigan Daily said.
Public Health senior Anurima Kumar, who is part of The Daily’s Michigan in Color section opened the vigil, speaking about women’s fears over their safety and the ability for students to create change.
According to the report in The Michigan Daily, “Both George and Reddy’s murders gained significant attention on social media and in news organizations, bringing sexual violence back to the forefront of conversation in India and many South Asian American communities.”