Indian PM assures stringent action in Delhi gang rape case

STORY: Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh assured of stringent action against the culprits who brutally raped a 23 year-old medical student in a moving bus is New Delhi and is now undergoing treatment in a hospital in Singapore.

Singh said this, while addressing the reporters on the sidelines of the Congress party’s 127th foundation day anniversary in New Delhi on Friday (December 28), which were played down because of the rape case.

The victim, who was thrown out of a moving bus after being attacked by six men, was flown to Singapore on Wednesday (December 26) night for treatment at the city-state’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, after more than a week of intensive care in a government hospital in New Delhi.

Singh assured that his government would ensure that justice is met.

“You have assurance that our government is committed to bring in the guilty to justice as soon as possible,” said Singh.

The outcry and spasm of violent protests over the case caught Singh’s government off guard and set off a blame game between politicians and the police.

Demonstrations erupted in New Delhi after the December 16 attack, culminating last weekend in pitched battles between police and protesters around the city’s India Gate war memorial.

He also welcomed recommendations for modifying plans for improving women safety.

“As far as the punishment is concerned we have appointed a committee under Justice J.C. Verma, former chief justice of India to suggest and means of modifications in the crime against women,” said Singh.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex attacks among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to the National Crimes Records Bureau.

Most rapes and other sex crimes go unreported and offenders are rarely punished, but the brutality of the assault on the medical student in New Delhi triggered public outrage, demands for both better policing and harsher punishment for rapists.

Meanwhile, Congress Party chief, Sonia Gandhi hoped for the girl’s quick recovery and added that steps are being taken to ensure that justice is delivered at the earliest.

“Our thoughts are with the young woman, who is fighting for her life after the barbarous attack on her and our only wish today that she recovers and that she comes back to us and that no time is lost in bringing the perpetrators of such barbarous act to justice,” said Gandhi.

The Congress Party also plunged into embarrassment over comments made by one of its lawmakers, Abhijit Mukherjee, son of the country’s president.

Mukherjee described the anti-rape demonstrations as a “pink revolution” by women wearing heavy make-up who think it is fashionable to protest.

Quizzed repeatedly on news channels, Mukherjee said he regretted causing offence and apologised. However, his comments had already sparked a wave of fury on social media sites and even his own sister said she was “embarrassed” by her brother.