PM addresses nation on gang-rape; says anger justified, but violence will serve no purpose

New Delhi, December 24, 2012

Delhi gang-rape: PM breaks silence, says violence will serve no purpose

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today addressed the nation on last week's gang-rape of a 23-year-od girl in Delhi and said that anger against the ghastly crime was justified but pointed out that violence would serve no purpose.

Speaking after two days of clashes between the police and angry protesters at India Gate and Vijay Chowk, Dr Singh appealed to all sections of society to maintain peace and help the Government in its efforts.
"There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at the ghastly crime of gang rape committed last Sunday in Delhi. As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you. My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime," he said.
"We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time," he said.
Dr Singh said he also felt deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. 
"Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm," he said.
The Prime Minister assured the people that the Government would make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety of women in the country. 
"The Home Minister has already spoken about the steps being taken. We will examine without delay not only the responses to this terrible crime but also all aspects concerning the safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes. Our Government will keep you informed of the steps we are taking and the processes we are following.
"I appeal to all sections of society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts," he added.
Dr Singh had issued a similar statement through the media yesterday.

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