New Delhi: Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday expressed her grief on the death of the Delhi braveheart and assured that the culprits would get swift and fitting punishment. She appealed to the protesters to maintain peace and calm and assured them that the government had heard their voice and the girl would get justice.
"I want to assure you that your voice has been heard," Sonia said in a statement following the death of the 23-year-old gangrape survivor in a Singapore hospital early Saturday. She said it was a moment when everyone should pledge that the braveheart would get justice. "Today we pledge that she will get justice that her fight will not have been in vain to all of you who have stood vigil, 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," an emotionally charged and teary eyed Sonia said.
Sonia said she was aware that people had taken to the streets in large numbers following the gangrape incident and that she shared the concerns about growing violence against women in the country. "As a woman, a mother I understand how you feel," said the Congress leader.
She urged the people to remain calm and "help strengthen our collective resolve" to stop such crimes. "I appeal to you to remain calm and help strengthen our collective resolve to fight menace of violence against women," Sonia said in her statement.
"Her unbounded courage and her indomitable spirit will never die and will never be forgotten. It strengthens our resolve to fight with all our might and all the powers of all our laws and our administration for the safety, protection of all women of the country and to ensure swift and fitting punishment for the perpetrators of such brutal acts," she added.