NCW chairperson terms death of Delhi gang-rape victim as 'black day' for India

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 08:48 hrs

New Delhi: Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), Mamta Sharma, described the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim as a 'black day' in the history of the country.

The 23-year-old woman whose gang rape in New Delhi triggered violent protests died of her injuries on Saturday in a Singapore hospital, bringing a security lockdown in Delhi and recognition from prime minister that social change is needed.

"I would like to say that it is a very tragic incident and it will be noted as a black day in the history of our country. But today, it is not the time to be aggressive or violent. Rather, the need of the hour is to peacefully pray for the departed soul. I appeal to the brothers and sisters of my country to maintain calm," Sharma said.

Expressing her grief chief of Delhi's Commission for Women, Barkha Singh, said that this case should serve as a wake up call for the society.

"I only want to say that I saw the condition of the victim very closely, I monitored it daily. The pain on her face will forever be embedded in my eyes. I want to appeal to the society that now the time has come for us to join hands so that we can change the present condition, especially to all my brothers.

"I want to appeal to them that you need to wake up. The time has come for all of them to realize that if they rape or eve tease a girl, even they have mothers, daughters and sisters in their homes," she said.

Armed security men were seen patrolling in high-risk zones and had barricaded roads leading to prominent places and to central Delhi.

The woman, who has not been identified, and a male friend were returning home from the cinema by bus on the evening of December 16 when six men on the bus beat them with metal rods and repeatedly raped the woman.

Meanwhile, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev conducted a prayer meet in Haridwar, and said that there was need to call a special session of the parliament to formulate stringent laws and ensure that the perpetrators of such crimes are awarded the harshest punishment at the earliest.

"The need of the hour is that the accused in the gang rape and other rape cases, they should be given capital punishment and fast track courts must be made for such cases. The government should call for a special parliament session. If they can bet the government on economic issues, then the issue of safety of 600 million women in the country demands a special parliament session," said Ramdev. (ANI)

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