Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm on Monday (December 24) as he sought to calm growing public outrage over the gang rape of a young woman that led to clashes between police and protesters in the heart of the capital at the weekend.
Singh, who has faced fierce criticism for remaining largely silent about the rape, vowed action against what he called a "monstrous" crime.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH SAYING:
"I 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 the security and safety of women in this country."
The 23-year-old victim, who was attacked and then thrown from a moving bus in New Delhi, remains in hospital in critical condition.
Police barricaded roads leading to the centre of the city, that has become a hub of the protests by mostly college students.
Singh appeals for calm (0:36)
Dec. 24 - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls for calm amidst violent anti-rape protests across the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )