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Sonia visits Delhi gangrape victim

New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday night visited Safdarjung Hospital to inquire about the condition of the 23-year-old gangrape victim and asked the government to take the strictest possible measures to ensure that there is no recurrence of such a barbaric incident that has shaken the country.

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Gandhi was at the hospital here for about 15-20 minutes during which she inquired about the condition of the girl from the doctors and met her parents, according to Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi.
    
The doctors told Gandhi that the girl was in a critical state, he said.
    
According to doctors, the condition of the para-medical student, who was gangraped and brutally assaulted by a group of men in a moving bus here on Sunday, had deteriorated in the evening after which she was put on "full-time ventilator support".
    
The Congress President wrote to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and talked to National Commission for Women Chairperson Mamata Sharma, asking them to ensure that all possible measures are taken so that such incidents do not occur again.

"There is an urgent need to demonstrate our sincerity and determination," Gandhi said, adding that Dikshit had her and the party's support in whatever efforts were needed to curb this menace.
    
According to Dwivedi, Gandhi wanted the guilty in the case to be brought to book at the earliest.
    
Earlier in the day, both Houses of Parliament expressed shock and outrage over the heinous gangrape of the girl in a moving bus in south Delhi. Members, cutting across party lines, made strong demands for capital punishment to perpetrators of such crimes.
    
Opposition members demanded a categorical assurance from the Home Minister that such an incident will not recur.
    
Women members in both Houses were in the forefront in expressing shock and anguish over the incident, voicing concern over the safety of the fair sex in Delhi. Cinestar-turned-MP Jaya Bachchan even broke down while speaking on the issue in the Upper House.
    
In Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar led the House in expressing outrage over the "spine-chilling" incident, saying it was shameful for the entire society.

(Agencies)

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