Delhi gangrape victim's death won't go in vain: Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old Delhi woman on December 16, 2012 won't go in vain and the government will continue to make all possible efforts to empower women socially and economically.

Paying rich tributes to the Delhi gang-rape victim at NDTV Indians of the Year Award function here last evening, Dr. Singh said: "Her courage and her zest for life will always serve as an inspiration to us. We should all pay tribute to her by resolving that we will not let the loss of her life go in vain and will work together to enhance the safety and security of women in our country."

Dr. Singh lauded the work of the Justice J S Verma Committee, which recommended changes in criminal law to be able to deal more effectively with heinous crimes against women.

"This brings me to the splendid work done by Justice J S Verma, Shri Gopal Subramaniam and Justice Leila Seth in the committee that the Government had set up to recommend changes in criminal law to be able to deal more effectively with heinous offences against our women. It was one of the rare occasions when a committee constituted by the Government was able to finish its work ahead of time."

"The labor of love of these three great legal luminaries has made it possible for the Government to make our statutes stronger and more effective as far as crimes against women are concerned. As I have said on an earlier occasion as well, there is a great deal more that needs to be done not only for making women safer and more secure in our country, but also for empowering them socially and economically. Our Government will continue to make all possible efforts in this direction," he added.

The 23-year-old victim, a physiotherapy student, was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Her male friend, who was accompanying her that day, was also assaulted by the accused and both of them were thrown out of the bus. (ANI)