India's Daughter, R.I.P.: the reactions

The 23-year-old medical student who was gang-raped on a moving bus in Delhi, died in a hospital in Singapore on December 29. The nation is grieving.

Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister

"I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this terrible loss. I want to tell them and the nation that while she may have lost her battle for life, it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain."

Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Chief Minister

"Our hearts are burning with grief and shame and this is not a moment for speeches or words but for deep reflection amongst ourselves, within ourselves. We have to introspect what is in our society that such crimes take place, especially in our capital city."

Meira Kumar, Speaker of the Lok Sabha

"We have lost a courageous daughter of our nation today."

Shabana Azmi, Actor and Activist

"My heart goes out to the family. R.I.P. to the girl. I think this awful incident must serve as a wakeup call for the nation."

RPN Singh, Minister of State for Home

"I am heart-broken over the kind of struggle she put up to survive. I would like to assure her family that the government will take the firmest steps to ensure the guilty get the harshest punishment. We will endeavour to ensure nothing like this ever happens again."

Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister

"I pledge to work to strengthen the laws and ensure that such an incident never gets repeated again."

President Pranab Mukherjee

"She was a brave and courageous girl who fought till the very last minute for her dignity and her life. She is a true hero and symbolises the best in Indian youth and women. The nation will mourn the passing of this brave daughter of India."

General VK Singh, Ex-Army Chief

"We must cut across party lines and society as a whole must come together to somehow stop this carnage.The laws are already there – it is our absolute failure to implement them that has brought us to this abyss."

Sonia Gandhi, Congress president

"I want to assure you that your voice has been heard. As a woman and mother, I understand the pain. Her fight will not go in vain."

Rahul Gandhi, Congress General Secretary

My heart goes out to the family of the young girl and millions of young Indians and their families, who work, hope and pray for a better India. We as a nation must reflect on the events of the days gone by. As citizens, we must resolve to respect the dignity of women and follow the laws of the land.

Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister (On Twitter)

"Deeply saddened & distressed by the news of India's braveheart daughter passing away. My deepest condolences with her family."

Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader (On Twitter)

"Her death has shaken the conscience of the nation. We must wake up and make India safe for daughters."

Jaya Bachchan, Samajwadi Party MP in Rajya Sabha

Whatever action we took for the girl, we took it late. We will never let this happen again. It was a collective failure.

Pratibha Patil, Former President of India

Most heinous act and it’s time to review judicial system. Support the anger of youngsters.