NEW DELHI: Condoling the death of the gang-rape victim, Home Minister Mr Sushilkumar Shinde Saturday 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.
The girl, who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus in south Delhi, died in a Singapore hospital early this morning after battling for life for the past 13 days.
“We tried our best to provide the best health care. Government is committed to seek deterrent punishment to the accused,” Mr Shinde said.
“Government is also committed to make necessary changes in law to make it more stringent so that such incidents do not occur in future,” he said.
Minister of State for Home Mr R P N Singh assured the family of the girl that the Government would work towards ensuring “harshest possible” punishment for her killers in the “quickest possible time”.
“Government will work overtime to try and bring about laws and steps that ensure that no other citizen of the country has to undergo the same kind of trauma,” he told reporters here.
Lok Sabha Speaker Ms Meira Kumar and BJP chief Mr Nitin Gadkari also condoled the “tragic” death of the girl.
Activist Ms Kiran Bedi said every police person must hold a prayer and apologise to people for collective failure to combat crimes against women.
“Today is a day of reflection and personal audit on the way we as parents and teachers are grooming boys in this country,” she said.
Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor Mr Arvind Kejriwal said, “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?”