“There is a genuine and justified anger and anguish at the ghastly crime of gangrape committed last Sunday in Delhi...My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time,” Singh said in a televised address.
He had made similar remarks in a statement, posted on his website on Sunday evening, after protesters at India Gate and Raisina Hill had turned violent.
“I also feel 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,” Singh said, echoing his Sunday appeal.
“I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety of women in this 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,” he said.
Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur also condemned the crime and appealed for peace while seeking “stringent” punishment for the culprits.
“We are all very sad at this incident but if they (protests) are conducted in a peaceful manner, they will yield more results...This is a horrible crime...such incident needs to be condemned in the strongest possible way,” she said on the sidelines of a function.
The protest continued on Monday as well, although more peacefully, as heavy security near the seat of government ensured that no protester was allowed near India Gate or Parliament complex and North and South Blocks.
Some steps announced by the government over the last few days were also being implemented. A helpline number, 181, was set up for “women in distress”. The home ministry convened a meeting of officials from the Delhi Police, New Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi government’s transport department, among others, Thursday to discuss ways to strengthen security for women. Chief secretaries and police chiefs of all states have been summoned to Delhi on January 4 to decide on steps to be taken to prevent crime against women.
“The January 4 meeting will discuss the overall scenario of crime against women, particularly rape, and how to check them. We will also discuss how to fast-track the rape cases,” home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said in interviews to TV channels.
Shinde also met the chief justice of Delhi High Court and requested him to set up fast-track courts to deal with crime against women, particularly the latest gangrape. The trial is likely to begin January 3 and be held daily.
Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna cut short his holiday in the United States and returned to Delhi following a call from Shinde. Shortly after his arrival, Khanna suspended two senior police officers — ACP (Traffic) Mohan Singh Dabas and ACP (PCR) Yad Ram — for dereliction of duty on the day the gangrape took place.
Meanwhile, the three-member panel of jurists constituted Sunday to make recommendations on amending laws to provide speedier justice and enhanced punishment in sexual assault cases, sought public comments by January 5.
“You will see our action, then you will realise. I will request them (committee members) to give their suggestions as early as possible and we will act upon them,” Shinde said.
The home ministry said Delhi police has taken strict action against the transporter whose bus was involved in the crime. All nine permits of the bus owner have been cancelled. It also said the government will soon improve public transport by increasing the number of buses at night. All public transport will have GPS installed to ensure they do not stray from their scheduled routes. It will be ensured that all personnel deployed on public transport carry identification badges and are verified, it said.
what an horrible situation that v women have to face.The laws should be so tighten so that again those dreadful men wont commit it.they should be punished at the earliest and it should be the lesson for others who does this illegal activity.
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Did you get eyetalian's permission before addressing the nation? Did you discuss with Dogvijay Singh and also dd you inform the congress spokeschhakka Manish Tiwari?
He s not a fool though brain is tightened with pugree so that it may not escape.He took permission from the heir apparent and you know who?He has foresight after all which brought him to various positions.
Do stop shedding crocodile tears, PLEASE. If you have a dog, even he would not leave the house without half a dozen Black Cats. An otherwise brilliant person, you have lost all the credibility with the people after you jumped into politics. So, PLEASE do spare us further trauma by being Maun Mohan Singh since you won't give up your PMship till you are eased out by the dynasty. PLEASE?
There is no telling how traumatic the crime must be, not just in terms of the very life that is under threat, but she will take years to get over the psychological trauma, not just the stigma.While all of us are rightfully concerned about the victim, let us not forget her boyfriend who must also have been truamatized. His utter helplessness in rescuing his girlfriend must a matter of intense shame. He, too, will need help overcoming a different kind of truama and stigma.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should peresonally supervise the safety and security of women in the capital instead of expressing his feelings in public.
This PM is totally disconnected with the people. His lust for power kept him office even after the Mumbai shoot out.his daughters have zsecurity or are outside safe in USA. It was oindia's misfortune that he became our PM. Devegowda was slightly inferior to this PM.
First we have scams - now we r having rape cases in our capital Have some shame congress using gandhi family name all the time to win your dirty elections We need strict law in Australia if some one do this kind of dirty work ( rape) life time prisionment Or capital punishment. people r not worried they take our law as prostitute Bloddy half of our politicians are criminals example Manu singhvi I watched his video Shame. Shame poppy shame congress
PM should act and not show simply sympathy to the girl.The question is whether Delhi is safe for female(including tourists)?
Munna bhai... You and ur ass hole congress party is assuring for the past 60 yrs, people have lost the faith in politican.Pleople have made up their mind they will kick congress and Itlian queen out of this country in coming days. Modi is only man still some hope in people.
The P.M. Of India S Manmohan Singh has addressed that being himself the father of three Girls he feels the safety and security of the females a need of time . The Country was shocked with the incident of Gang Rape in the Bus in the National Capital and the Females were in dilemma in regard to there safety and security . As the P.M. S Manmohan Singh has assured to implement strict Law to curb the menace of unpredictable incidents by the Anti Social Elements it is really a positive vision in right direction of the Government to create an atmosphere of confidence among the Females .
The Prime Minister of India S Manmohan Singh has appealed to the Youth Agitators that he is father of Three Daughters and he knows the real pain of the girl who was gang raped in the Bus . He appealed to maintain peace as the Government is committed to enforce strict Law in the case of any humanlitation to the Females and enforce of strict Law for there safety and Security . Really the P.M. has shown Positive vision towards the sensitive and burning Issue .
what happened to the comments i have posted so far ??? CENSORSHIP
It is a shame for our nation. At this crucial time we get news from Gujarat that 31% of Criminals, that too with rape cases are elected as Legislators. What a Pity.Our Beloved Prime Minister should quickly arrange for rejecting seats to those criminals.
dear editor, Now the protesters are continuing their unwanted protest with ulterior motive obly other wise what every action legally is being taen.The protesters must have enough patience to wait for the result but if they continue this ubwabted aggressve protest then the security frces shall have to carry out their duty of protecting the nation under all circumstabces, All concerned must devekop ABSOLUTE PATIENCE fr the resut Let Wisdim prevail in their headdated Tuesday December 25th 2012 tie 0500Hrs ist
I don't think you feel any pain otherwise you would have done something about it from day one. You are not even a human being cuz you are politician and politicians are the maggots of this society.
The Police is governed by goverment and only reflects government policies.Government satisfies public by suspending some officers transiently without much change in policies.Unfortunately all parties are same.Once they come into power they behave in a same way.They all have criminals and looters contesting elections on their tickets.They all play cards of reservation,cast,religion,region and communalism.They never talk of improving health,education and infrastructure of the country.They have no desire to improve our lives.So don't expect anything to change!Congress under MMS who himself never won any election(a real puppet) can't do much either! So who can change India?These same students who are agitating now in Delhi,farmers, commons(public with no political connections),journalists ,mediapersons and all educated professionals should join hands together to make a new party which is based on high moral values.Let us defeat these uneducated goons and criminals who should be behind bars