Stating that the gruesome assault on the five-year girl was a stark reminder for an urgent need for the society to work collectively to counter such evils, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said vast improvements need to be made to ensure women’s safety in the country.
Referring to the horrific Delhi gang rape incident in December last year and the gruesome assault on five-year-old girl here a few days ago, Dr. Singh said asked people to work collectively to uproot such depravity from the society. "It is widely accepted that, as a country, we have vast improvements to make in the areas of safety, security and status of women. These issues came into sharper focus after the horrific gangrape incident in Delhi last December. The gruesome assault on a little child a few days back reminds us of the need to work collectively to root out this sort of depravity from our society," he said at the 8th Civil Services Day function here.
Dr. Singh said the two brutal cases had resulted in agitations by various sections, demanding better law and order to ensure women's security and stringent punishment to the culprits.
He said the agitations that have followed the two cases in December last year and now are a reminder to us that we need to show concern and sensitivity while dealing with public anxiety that such incidents generate.
"Our government has moved with speed in strengthening the law to be able to deal more effectively with offences against women. However, this is but a small part of what needs to be done. All of us, as responsible citizens, have a special obligation to contribute to the social and economic empowerment of women in our country,’’ he added.