New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday condoled the death of the Delhi gang rape victim and expressed the hope that the entire political class and civil society will set aside narrow sectional interests and agenda to make India a demonstrably safer place to live in.

Deeply saddened by the death of the girl, he joined the nation in conveying to her family and friends his deepest condolences at this terrible loss.

"I want to tell them and the nation that while she may have lost her battle for life, it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain. "We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change.

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It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channelise these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action," he said in his condolence message.

The Prime Minister said he prays for the peace of the departed soul and hoped that her family will have the strength to bear this grievous loss.

President condoles death of gang-rape victim

The President expressed his grief over the death of the girl. The girl, who was admitted to the well-known multi-organ transplant facility Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore in an extremely critical condition, breathed her last at 4:45 am (2:15 AM India time). She was earlier treated at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
Shinde condoles death of gang-rape victim

Condoling the death of the gang-rape victim, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde pledged to strengthen laws to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

He also said that the real tribute to the 23-year-old victim will be to ensure maximum punishment to the culprits. In a message to the family, he said, "A real tribute to her will be to ensure maximum punishment to the culprits.

"I pledge to work to strengthen the laws and ensure that such an incident never gets repeated again," he said.

Sheila Dikshit appeals for calm

Sheila Dikshit described the young woman's death as a "truly, terribly sad news"."I appeal to you to be calm and peaceful," she said."So that in being calm and peaceful. We can reflect what we need to do in future," she added.

Narendra Modi tweets

Deeply saddened & distressed by the news of India's braveheart daughter passing away. My deepest condolences with her family.

Sushma Swaraj on twitter

Her death has shaken the conscience of the nation. We must wake up and make India safe for daughters.

Amitabh Bachchan on twitter

'Amanat', 'Damini' just a name now. Her body has passed away, but her soul shall forever stir our hearts !!!

Manish Tewari, I&B Minister

Convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of this braveheart.

Arvind Kejriwal on twitter

"Her death is a matter of shame and sorrow for all of us. Let's resolve that we will not let her death go in vain. "Aren't we all responsible for her death? Can we all now do something so that half of humanity starts feeling safe amongst us?"

Kiran Bedi tweets

"Today is a day of reflection and personal audit on the way we as parents and teachers are grooming boys in this country. "Today is day of mourning on lives we have lost because of failure of our criminal justice system and resolve to not fail it in future. Today is a day to also reflect the way we project our women in media."

India should feel ashamed, says Jaitley

 "The entire country should hang its head in shame." "We need to ask ourselves why such incidents happen in India. What kind of atmosphere have we created that allow such crimes to take place."The most important thing is to have an alert citizenry. Only alert citizens can force police to act, prevent such crimes from happening."

Former Army Chief Gen V K Singh

"We must cut across party lines and society as a whole must come together to somehow stop this carnage.The laws are already there it is our absolute failure to implement them that has brought us to this abyss."


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