Gandhi calls for collective effort to fight violence against women

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi says ‘we pledge that she will get justice, that her fight will not have been in vain’
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First Published: Sat, Dec 29 2012. 04 07 PM IST
A file photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
A file photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Updated: Sat, Dec 29 2012. 05 33 PM IST
New Delhi: Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, in an official statement from the office of the National Advisory Council on Saturday, called out for collective efforts to resolve the “menace of violence” against women.
“Our hearts go out to her parents and her family. The whole country shares their pain. Today we pledge that she will get justice, that her fight will not have been in vain,” she said in an official release. In an apparent reference to those protesting for a week now, Gandhi said, “...I want to assure you that your voice has been heard.”
The Congress chief had earlier made a statement on Friday condemning the incident.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also offered condolences to the family of the victim. “As citizens, we must resolve to respect the dignity of women and follow the laws of the land,” he said in an official release from his office.
“We as a nation must reflect on the events of the days gone by,” he added in an apparent reference to the protests that saw violent clashes between protesters and police forces last Sunday near New Delhi’s India Gate.
The 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped in the national capital on 16 December died in the early of Saturday in a Singapore hospital, where she was shifted to after her condition worsened.
Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee have condemned the assault. While the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has requested a special session of Parliament and subsequently an all-party meeting on the issue, neither has been convened, making the special session a key demand of young protesters.
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