PM says anger genuine, promises women’s safety Crackdown on protesters after a wave of violent clashes

Delhi (VIRENDER KHAGTA)With protests against the gang rape of a 23-year woman in the capital turning violent, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm while assuring that the government would make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety to all women in the country.

In a statement, he said he shared everybody’s concern for the young woman, who was the victim of the gang rape last Sunday night. “This is a genuine and justified anger and anguish at this ghastly incident. We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time,” he said in a statement.

Manmohan Singh said he felt deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces in the capital and sought the cooperation of all sections to help the government in ensuring the safety of women and maintaining peace.

Officials said the PM was constantly monitoring the situation and had held extensive talks with Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit over the situation in the capital.

Probe panel
A special enquiry commission will also be constituted by a former Chief Justice of India which will investigate the rape case with the lapses by the police and the measures to be taken to ensure safety of women in Delhi and other parts of the country. The Delhi Police said a three-member committee including the former chief Justice of India JS Verma, Justice Laitha Seth and former Solicitor General of India, Gopal Subramaniam as its members will examine the possibility of enhancing punishment for rape laws.

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