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'Delhi girl's parents want harshest penalty for rapists'

Last updated on: December 19, 2012 18:57 IST
Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath on Wednesday visited a city hospital to inquire about the condition of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and assured the distraught family of speedy justice.

"I have assured them that whatever is the expense of the treatment, the central government will bear it. I want that my own ministry should follow the day-to-day developments in court and in two months a verdict should be pronounced," Tirath told reporters at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.

She said the incident is "very shameful for the country and the women of the country".

When asked about the condition of the victim, Tirath said she could only see her from a distance as the victim has been kept in a separate room to prevent infection. "The victim had cried when her father met her," she said.

Tirath said that the harshest possible punishment should be given to culprits in such crimes.

"Her parents were asked and they have very bluntly said that they want maximum punishment. Women members of Parliament have also said that...a verdict should be given in a couple of months so that everyone knows what happens to people who perpetrate such acts," Tirath said.

The WCD minister added that she had also written a letter to the home minister over the incident raising concerns about the safety of women.

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