President shares sense of national outrage over rape incident

New Delhi: Acknowledging that there is a "sense of national outrage" over the gang rape incident here, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday assured a delegation of BJP leaders that he would convey to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh their demand for convening a special session of Parliament.
 
"The anger and agony of the youth is understandable. There is a sense of national outrage," the President told the BJP delegation led by senior leader L K Advani in which Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses – Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley were also present.
 
The President, who also met a number women's delegations led by Brinda Karat, told them that he shares their anguish and understands the anger and strong reaction of the youth to the incident.
 
But the question is how to respond and convert it into strict action which can be implemented without delay, Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony said.
 
Mukherjee told the delegation whatever is the constitutional responsibility of the President, he will act as per the powers vested in him and take up the matter with the Prime Minister and Home Minister Sushilkaumar Shinde.
 
However, he felt that the anger of the youth should not overcome reason and there is need for practical action.