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AIADMK, Haasan express anguish over Kathua incident

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The ruling AIADMK in and actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan's (MNM) today expressed anguish over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at in

O Panneerselvam, also the AIADMK's coordinator, described women as the "eyes of the country" and sought strong punishment for those behind the crime.

The sexual assault on the girl and her death was "shocking and distressing", he said.

"Crimes against girl children are against mankind. Those who did this heinous crime should be given strong punishment," he said on

"Everyone should realise women are the eyes of the country and should uphold womanhood by preventing occurrence of such crimes," Panneerselvam said.

Haasan, founder-of the MNM, expressed anguish over the incident, saying he felt "angry" for failing her.

"Does it have to be your own daughter for you to understand? She could've been mine," he tweeted.

said he felt "angry" as a man, father and as a citizen for "failing" the minor girl.

"I am sorry my child. We didn't make this country safe enough for you. I'll fight for justice at least for future kids like you. We mourn you and won't forget you," he said.

A nation-wide outrage broke over the rape and killing of the minor girl in

led a midnight march to the India Gate yesterday to protest the and the Unnao rape cases, saying it was time for to walk the talk on "beti bachao" (save the girl child).

Individuals and members have also expressed concern and anguish over the Kathua incident.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:05 IST