Gangrape victim’s fight will not go in vain: Sonia

Promising swift and fitting punishment for the Delhi gangrape accused, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said the nation’s “beloved daughter” will get justice and her fight will not go in vain.

“As a woman and mother, I understand how you feel. I appeal you to remain calm and help strengthen our collective resolve to fight the menace of violence against women,” Mrs Gandhi, who is also the UPA chairperson, said in a televised address.

“Today all Indians feel as they have lost their own beloved daughter, their cherished sister, a young woman of 23 whose life full of hope, dream and promise was ahead of her. Our hearts go out to her parents, family, the whole country shares their pain,” she said.

Appealing for peace and calm in wake of the tragic incident, Mrs Gandhi said, “Today we pledge that she will get justice and that her fight will not go in vain”.

The Congress president said that the tragedy “strengthens our resolve to fight with all our might and with all the powers of our laws and our administration for the safety and protection of all women of our country and to ensure swift and fitting punishment for the perpetrators of such acts. “It deepens our determination to battle the pervasive shameful social attitudes and mindsets that allow men to rape and molest women and girls with such impunity.”

As people hit the streets expressing their outrage over the tragedy, Mrs Gandhi said “to all of you who have expressed their anger and anguish publicly, who have poured out in her support, I want to assure you that your voice has been heard.”

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