Prime Minister Singh addresses, appeals for calm

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New Delhi, Dec 24: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday appealed to all sections of the society for calm in the wake of the violent protests that shook the national capital over the weekend demanding strict punishment for those who brutally raped a 23-year-old paramedical student here on Dec 16 night.

Singh vowed to protect women in the society as the police in the national capital struggled to tame outrage among youngsters over sex crimes following the barbaric gangrape that has left the victim struggling for her life.

The Prime Minister, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the outrage against the ghastly incident was justified but reminded that violence could not be supported and it was no solution. He said the government will take all possible measures to protect the women and that the Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, had already spoken about steps that have been taken in this regard.

Meanwhile, the police control room in New Delhi informed that more than 100 people, including 60 policemen, were injured during the violent protests on Sunday. Police sources also said that all roads leading to important government buildings were cordoned off to avoid continued unrest. The protest had started on Saturday and the Raisina Hills were attacked by the protesters.

Police said the road blocks will put people in inconvenience but they had to stop the violence.

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