She will get justice, her fight won’t be in vain, says Sonia

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi made a rare televised address on Saturday to mourn the death of the 23-year-old rape victim in Singapore and pledged to get justice for her.

In a short condolence speech, Sonia said "as a woman and mother" she understood the pain of the rest of the nation on the incident. "Today all Indians feel as they have lost their own beloved daughter, their cherished sister, a young woman of 23 whose life full of hope, dreams and promise, was ahead of her. Our heart goes out to her parents and her family. The whole country shares the pain," she said.

In her message, she promised that the government will act swiftly to punish the perpetrators of the crime."Today we pledge that she will get justice, that her fight will not have been in vain. To all of you who have stood with her and expressed your anger and anguish publicly, who have poured out in her support, I want to assure you that your voice has been heard," she said.

"As a woman and mother, I understand how you feel. I appeal you to remain calm and help strengthen our collective resolve to help fight the menace of violence against women."

The Congress president had met some protesters at her residence when the girl was battling for her life at the Safdurjung hospital and angry crowds had assembled at India Gate to demand justice and quick punishment for the rapists, all of whom have been apprehended.

'My heart goes out to her family'

Rahul Gandhi also mourned the death of the victim. "My heart goes out to the family of the girl and millions of young Indians, families who work, hope and pray for a better India. We as a nation must reflect on the events of the days gone by," he said in his condolence message."I join my mother and sister (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra) in offering deep felt condolences to the young girl's family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family," he said.

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