Prez, PM expresses grief on death of gang rape victim

Latest News Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the of the 23 year old Delhi gang-rape victim. Both expressed the hope that the accused in this case will get severest punishment for their crime. Both President and Prime Minister appealed the political class and civil society to set aside narrow sectional interests and agenda to make this country a noticeably safer place to live in for women.

President Pranab Mukherjee said, “She was a brave and courageous girl who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life. She is a true hero and symbolises the best in Indian youth and women. The nation will mourn the passing of this brave daughter of India. At the same time, let us resolve that this death will not be in vain. We will do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never happens again.”

Manmohan said in his condolence message, “We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change. It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channelize these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action.”

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that, “Her death will not go in vain. There will be maximum punishment for the accused. This incident is a lesson.”

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, “Her death has shaken the conscience of the nation. We must wake up and make India safe for daughters.”

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, “Our hearts are burning with grief and shame and this is not the moment for speeches or words, but for deep reflection among us, within ourselves.”

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said, “Deeply saddened and distressed by the news of India’s brave heart daughter passing away. My deepest condolences to her family.”

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