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Delhi gang-rape: Amid protests, PM addresses the nation

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Dec 24, 2012, 10:04AM IST
New Delhi: Generalizing the issue of women’s safety, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh finally addressed the nation on Monday, seven days after the brutal gang-rape of the Delhi medical student. 
 
In his less than one minute speech, the PM gave no specifics on the anti-rape laws, mentioned the status of Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 not even once. In contrast to his 15-20 minutes speech on the FDI issue in the Parliament, the PM chose to speak for just a minute over an issue that shamed the nation and triggered public anger.
 
We are monitoring rape survivor's health condition, the PM said, adding, "Anger at the crime is justified, but violence will serve no purpose."
 
He assured the nation of action against the culprits, saying "Will take all measures to ensure safety for women."

“I feel as strongly as one of you. My wife, my daughters all join in for the recovery of the young girl. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones. We are constantly monitoring her (gang-rape victim's) health condition.”

 
Breaking his silence on the gang-rape case of a 23-year-old woman, who was brutally raped and beaten up in a moving bus in the national capital on the fateful night of November 17, Singh had on Sunday night said that the public anger was "genuine" and "justified" but appealed for peace while promising all steps to ensure safety of women in the country.
 
Thousands of protesters in Delhi took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday demanding justice for the rape survivor and death penalty for the culprits. The Prime Minister also expressed sadness over the turn of events that led to clashes between the angry protesters and the police at India Gate on Sunday.
 
"We are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of a heinous crime in Delhi. There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at this ghastly incident. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said in a statement.
 
"I feel deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm," he added. The Prime Minister's statement had come as protests continued for the sixth day on Sunday and turned violent.
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