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Delhi gangrape: Anger justified, but violence will serve no purpose, says PM

Issuing a fresh appeal for peace, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said government will look into the delay in response in the Delhi gangrape case as also all aspects concerning the security of women

He asked people to desist from violence. In a televised address, Singh said he and his family join in the concern for the 23-year-old victim, who was gangraped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi on the night of December 16.

PM Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (File pic)

"As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you. My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime." 

He said the government was constantly monitoring her medical condition. His statement came as protests, which turned violent Sunday, continued for the seventh day today.

Emphasising that anger at this crime is "justified", Singh said, "but violence will serve no purpose."

Singh noted that Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has already spoken about the steps being taken to address issues regarding safety of women in the country.

Singh broke his silence on the issue last night when he issued a similar statement saying public anger is "genuine" and "justified". He had also expressed sadness over the turn of events that led to clashes between the angry protesters and the police. 

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