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Your voice has been heard, Sonia tells protesters
Updated: Dec 20, 2014 05:30 AM , By IANS
People stage a dharna during a candle light vigil and mourn the death of the gang rape victim, at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
People stage a dharna during a candle light vigil and mourn the death of the gang rape victim, at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the government had heard the people’s voice demanding an end to crime against women.

“I want to assure you that your voice has been heard,” she said in a statement after the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim died in a Singapore hospital.

Ms. Gandhi said she was aware that people had taken to the streets in large numbers in support of the victim.

As a woman and mother, she said, she shared the people’s concerns following the Delhi gang-rape and growing violence against women.

She urged the people to remain calm and “help strengthen our collective resolve” to stop such crimes.

Stating that the young woman’s death won’t go in vain, she said all Indians were grieving today.

“It is our resolve to fight with all our might and all the powers of our laws and administration for the safety and protection of all women of our country and to ensure swift and fitting punishment for the perpetrators of such brutal acts,” Ms. Gandhi said.

PTI adds:

Rahul calls for introspection

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday broke his silence on the ghastly incident calling for introspection and resolve to ensure the security and dignity of women.

“My heart goes out to the family of the young girl and millions of young Indians, families who work, hope and pray for a better India. We as a nation must reflect on the events of the days gone by,” Mr. Rahul Gandhi said, offering his deep condolences to the young girl’s family.

As citizens, we must resolve to respect the dignity of women and follow the laws of the land, he said.

“I join my mother and sister in offering deep felt condolences to the young girl’s family, My thoughts and prayers are with the family,” Mr. Rahul Gandhi said in his message.



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