The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, took the decision not to participate in any New Year function in view of the New Delhi gang rape case, which has placed the entire country virtually in a state of mourning. Such an initiative on the part of the President is praise worth and quite matches the mood of the people in general. Falling in line with him, there are several others in the top hierarchy to move in the similar manner. Otherwise notwithstanding the all round criticism of the government with many branding it like the one running its life on ventilator, it is a welcome sign that their latest moves to give the New Delhi gang rape case are indicative of urgency based investigation in the matter with a view to suitably punish the guilty criminals without delay. If the move so initiated is able to take a tangible shape, there is a likelihood of a soothing touch to the feelings of not only the members of the bereaved family but to the people in general throughout the country.