Following is the text of the statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, December 24, 2012 on the gang-rape issue:
“My fellow citizens,
“There is genuine and justified anger and anguish at the ghastly crime of gang-rape committed last Sunday in Delhi. As a father of three daughters myself, I feel as strongly about this as each one of you.
“My wife, my family and I are all joined in our concern for the young woman who was the victim of this heinous crime.
We are constantly monitoring her medical condition. Let us all pray for her and her loved ones during this critical time.
“I also feel deeply sad at the turn of events leading to clashes between protesters and police forces. Anger at this crime is justified but violence will serve no purpose. I appeal to all concerned citizens to maintain peace and calm. I assure you that we will make all possible efforts to ensure security and safety of women in this country. The Home Minister has already spoken about the steps being taken.
“We will examine without delay not only the responses to this terrible crime but also all aspects concerning the safety of women and children and punishment to those who commit these monstrous crimes. Our Government will keep you informed of the steps we are taking and the processes we are following.
“I appeal to all sections of society to maintain peace and help us in our efforts.”