Delhi rape: President speaks out
Usually the messages of presidents and prime ministers to wish citizens on festivals are photocopies of what they say year after year. This time round, President Pranab Mukherjee, at whose doorstep the protesters in Delhi tried to take their stir against a horrific gangrape of a medical student, chose to send a strong message to the nation on the occasion of Christmas.
While greeting the nation on Christmas on Monday, President Pranab Mukherjee said: "We mark Christmas at a time when the nation is joined in anguish and distress over the recent horrific attack on a young girl in New Delhi."
"I laud the courage and tenacity of this young lady and her family. On this Christmas day, let us join in prayer for the full and speedy recovery of this strong and courageous girl."
"Let us resolve to redouble our efforts for the protection of women and their welfare. Let us strive to ensure that women feel safe and secure at all times in our country," he said.
The President also repeated his message at a youth function.
The 23-year-old girl, who was raped and brutalized with an iron rod on a moving bus and then thrown off the vehicle along with his male companion, is fighting for her life in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital even as protests sweep the national capital and triggered violence in which a police constable died while hundreds were injured in police action.