FREMONT -- Indo-American community leaders have scheduled a vigil Tuesday in honor of a 23-year-old woman who died Saturday after she was gang raped and severely beaten in India.

The ceremony is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont Hindu Temple, at 3676 Delaware Drive.

"We stand in solidarity with her, her family and a nation that is mourning her loss," said Yogi Chugh, a Fremont planning commissioner. "We need to highlight that rape is part of a larger, systematic problem of violence against women, and it must never be accepted, never excused and never tolerated anywhere in the world."

A student prays during a vigil for a gang rape victim, who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Ahmedabad December 31, 2012.   REUTERS/Amit Dave
A student prays during a vigil for a gang rape victim, who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Ahmedabad December 31, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave ( AMIT DAVE )

The shocking Dec. 16 attack on a bus in New Delhi has galvanized many in India and other nations, sending thousands into the streets in the past two weeks to protest the crime and the mistreatment of women. Six men have been charged with murder in connection with the rape, but those arrests have not quieted angry calls for change from Indian demonstrators.

Rapes in India increased 25 percent from 2006-11, according to The New York Times, and though 600 rapes were reported in New Delhi in 2012, there has been just one conviction.

The Fremont ceremony will be held just days after a number of South Asian organizations -- including Narika, a Berkeley-based nonprofit dedicated to helping South Asian victims of domestic violence -- held a vigil Friday at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. There, the organizations submitted a petition to Indian leaders that call for 10 changes to the nation's transportation, police and media practices that would help protect women.

Chugh, who called the fatal attack a "dastardly crime," said he plans to attend the Fremont vigil.

"We need to reflect on the question many are asking: What will people do to tackle deeply entrenched prejudice and misogyny that leads to such heinous incidents?" he said.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.

If YOU GO

WHAT: Candlelight vigil
WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: Fremont Hindu Temple, 3676 Delaware Drive
INFO: 510-659-0655