Dec 19, 2012, 11.27 AM | Source: PTI



In her letter to Shinde, Gandhi, who is also the UPA In her letter to Shinde, Gandhi, who is also the UPA Chairperson, said, "It is a shame for all of us who are responsible for the security of our cities that a young woman can be raped in a moving bus in the capital of the country and flung on to the street. "This monstrous crime deserves not only universal condemnation but also the government's most urgent attention," she said, noting that it is imperative that the police and other agencies concerned are sensitised to the danger that our daughters, sisters and mothers face every day. "The security agencies must be motivated, trained and equipped to deal with this menace," the Congress chief said, hoping that the Home Minister would initiate immediate action to remedy the situation. Gandhi, in her letter to Dikshit, said everyone was horrified by the incident. "It is a matter of shame that these incidents recur with painful regularity and that our daughters, sisters and mothers are unsafe in our capital city," she said. Noting that such violence and criminality needed not only to be condemned but called for a concerted effort to fight it, Gandhi asked the Delhi Chief Minister to take whatever steps were necessary to undertake community action, to strengthen law and order, and to step up vigilance to protect women. "There is an urgent need to demonstrate our sincerity and determination," she said, adding that Dikshit had her and the party's support in whatever efforts were needed to curb this menace. According to Dwivedi, Gandhi wanted the guilty in the case to be brought to book at the earliest. Earlier in the day, both Houses of Parliament expressed shock and outrage over the heinous gangrape of the girl in a moving bus in south Delhi. Members, cutting across party lines, made strong demands for capital punishment to perpetrators of such crimes. Opposition members demanded a categorical assurance from the Home Minister that such an incident will not recur. Women members in both Houses were in the forefront in expressing shock and anguish over the incident, voicing concern over the safety of the fair sex in Delhi. Cinestar- turned-MP Jaya Bachchan even broke down while speaking on the issue in the Upper House. In Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar led the House in expressing outrage over the "spine-chilling" incident, saying it was shameful for the entire society. PTI SPG RC SC


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