Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki joined the nation in mourning the death of 23-year old medical student, the gang-rape victim whose assault in New Delhi has rocked the entire nation.
In a statement this evening, Tuki said the news came as a shock as the whole country was praying for her recovery.
"This is really saddening. My heart goes out for the brave girl and her family members, particularly the parents who had pinned high hopes on her like in every family," he said.
Echoing millions, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Tuki reiterated that her death should not go in vain.
"Let this be a wake-up moment for all of us. Let us resolve to make a better society where women share equal rights and respect," he said.
The Chief Minister, in explicit terms, also condemned the crime committed by the six men now in police custody. He called for exemplary punishment to the accused and extended his support for stricter laws for crimes committed against women.
As the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki vowed that similar incidents that violate the rights of women or their modesty will not be tolerated in his state.
"We will not tolerate any crime - petty or major - against women in our state. Any women related offence will be dealt under stringent laws and offenders will not be spared in any case," he added in the statement. (ANI)