Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Delhi gangrape victim, who breathed her last at a private hospital in Singapore this morning.
In a condolence message, Badal said that it was very unfortunate that the hapless girl became another victim of this heinous crime against humanity especially the women.
He urged the Central government to immediately initiate steps to make amendments in the existing provision of law for awarding harsher punishment to the accused involved in such dastardly acts.
"Such offenders does not deserve leniency and they should be dealt with as per the law of land by meting out the severest of the severe punishment to them so that it could act as a deterrent for others too", Badal said.
Pleading for exemplary punishment for the culprits involved in this beastly act, the chief minister asked the Government of India (GoI) to ensure that the accused must be brought to book at the earliest by conducting a speedy trial in Special Fast Track court so that the justice could be dispensed to the victim's family, friends and her well wishers.
Reiterating his stand to ensure modesty and dignity of women, he also appealed the Center for bringing legislation to effectively combat crime against women in general and especially eve teasing in the ensuing budget session.
Sharing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family in this hour of grief, Badal prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to bear this irreplaceable loss to the inconsolable family.
Capt expresses sorrow over rape victim's death
Sharing his grief with the bereaved family, Capt termed it as a moment of deep sorrow and grief.
He said that it was tragic and unfortunate that despite efforts by the doctors and the brave fight put up by the victim, she could not be saved. He regretted that a young life had come to a tragic end, leaving an entire nation in grief and gloom.
Paying tribute to the victim, Amarinder said, she was a brave girl who set an example by having the courage to pay her life for protecting her dignity and honour.
He also expressed grief and sorrow for the family of another gangrape victim in Samana who committed suicide after the police refused to entertain her complaint.
He observed, these tragic incidents should further strengthen our resolve to bring the culprits to the book with exemplary punishment.