CM meets family of Delhi gangrape victim

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today met the family of the 23-year-old Delhi gangrape victim and promised them all possible help from the state government.

Yadav met the family for 30 minutes at their native village in the district. He spoke to male members outside the house and later went inside to meet her mother. He handed a cheque of Rs 20 lakh to the parents of the woman.

Speaking to reporters, Yadav said the family's loss was immense and could never be compensated. "This is a gruesome incident... the country has come to know of it... there has not been any such case in the world... there is anger in the country over it and people are showing it," he said.

He announced that a primary health centre (PHC) would be set up in the village. But he made it clear that it would not be named after the woman since there was no such provision under the law.

The village was spruced up for Yadav's visit ó a helipad was built in three days at the local school ground and that's where the Chief Minister's helicopter landed. The dirt road outside the victim's house was paved overnight. "While we slept, the bricks were laid. We got to know about his visit only last evening," the victim's brother said.

The father said: "He (Yadav) sat outside our house in the renovated courtyard, and interacted with me, my sons, my brothers and other elders in the family. Then he went inside and met my wife. He promised us all help and said my daughter had become a symbol in the country."

"We are happy that the village is at least getting a PHC. I grew up in this village. I know how bad the situation is when someone falls ill. The roads here are very bad and we don't have any mode of transport. It took my daughter's terrible ordeal for this decision to be made," he said.

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