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Delhi gangrape: I am happy girls are out on roads with candles in their hands, says Meira Kumar

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Dec 23, 2012 at 11:53am IST

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has come out in support of the people who have taken to the street demanding justice for the Delhi gangrape victim, who was brutally raped and beaten up in a moving bus a week ago. She said to stop crime against women, the mindset of the people needs to be changed.

Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief at IBN7 awards, Kumar said she is happy that people have come out on roads and carrying out candlelight march against the recent gangrape case. "I am happy that young girls are out on the streets with candles in their hands at this time to spread light to the people," she said.

Here is an excerpt of the conversation:

Rajdeep Sardesai: You must have seen that people are angry. You yourself have raised this issue in the Parliament, you have met the family of last week's gangrape victim. Do you thing that we have to give more importance to instances like these?

Meira Kumar: There is a lot of rage inside us all. It is not a negative feeling, but it is a rage which is meant to bring a change in the society. The law in its own place is insufficient and can be made stronger. The provisions are weak and can be strengthened too. But, these factors alone are not sufficient. It will be sufficient when we can bring about a change in the mentality of the people.

"This incident has brought about a change in direction. I am happy that a new direction is being formed, I am happy that young girls are out on the streets with candles in their hands at this time to spread light to the people," she added.

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