Gang-rape victim dies; nation in grief
Tribune news service
New Delhi, December 29
“We are very sad to report that the patient passed away peacefully at 4.45 am (2.15 am IST),” Dr Kelvin Loh, chief executive officer of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said in a statement on Saturday.
Her family and officials from the Indian High Commission were by her side. After conducting a post-mortem examination, the body was flown back home by a special plane.
The Delhi Police added murder to the list of charges in the FIR against the six suspects arrested for the alleged crime in a moving bus.
The sad tidings plunged the nation into grief with people and personalities in various towns and cities mourning the death of a person whom President Pranab Mukherjee described as “one who symbolises the best of Indian youth and women and who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life”.
The President led the nation in paying tributes to the courageous girl and conveying condolences to the bereaved family. He assured that her death would not be in vain and to do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never recurs.
Vice-President Hamid Ansari hoped this tragedy would “compel us as a people to focus on social norms and practices which are violative of human rights and an impediment to progress.”
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said a true tribute to her
memory would be if “we are able to channelise these emotions and
energies into a constructive course of action”.
He underscored the need for a dispassionate debate and inquiry into the critical changes that are required in societal attitudes.
On her part, Congress president Sonia Gandhi promised a swift and fitting punishment stating that the nation’s “beloved daughter” would get justice and joined leaders in appealing to the people to remain calm.
In the national capital, police beefed up security and erected barricades preventing access to Raisina Hill and India Gate, the scene of violent clashes between the police and protesters last Sunday.
Aimed at restricting movement of people, authorities shut down 10 metro stations in the prime Lutyen’s Zone area, but could not prevent assembly by hundreds who braved chilly winds to reach Jantar Mantar, the popular plaza for democratic dissent located a street away from Parliament House.
Police adds murder charge
The Delhi police has added murder charge in the case. It also hopes to file the chargesheet by January 3, 2013.Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said: “We hope to file the chargesheet by January 3. Section 302 of the IPC has been added in the case.”
Cong core group meets