'We have heard your voice,' Sonia Gandhi tells protesters (Update:Sonia)

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 10:40 hrs

UPA Chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the government has heard the people's voice over a demand to end crimes against women.

"I want to assure you that your voice has been heard," she said in a statement after the death of the 23-year-old gangrape victim in Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

Sonia Gandhi said: "As a woman and a mother, I share the people's concerns. I appeal and urge all of you to remain calm and help strengthen our collective resolve to stop such crimes."

Stating that the young woman's death would not go in vain, she further said: "It is our resolve to fight with all our might and all the powers of our laws and administration for the safety and protection of all women of our country and to ensure swift and fitting punishment for the perpetrators of such brutal acts."

"We pledge that she will get justice and that her fight will not have been in vain. All Indians grieve as though they have lost their own beloved daughter, their cherished sister. Our hearts go out to her parents and her family. The whole country shares their pain," she added.

She said the government is determined "to battle the pervasive shameful social attitudes and mindsets that allow men to rape and molest women and girls with such impunity." (ANI)

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