President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day | PTI
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Mount Abu: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said “demonic” attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country and much remains to be done on the subject of women safety.

He added that those convicted under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act should not be allowed to file mercy petition.

“Women’s safety is a very serious issue. A lot of work has been done on this subject but much remains to be done. Incidents of demonic attack on girls shake the conscience of the country.

“It is the responsibility of every parent to instil among boys the feeling of respect for women,” Kovind said here.

He was addressing a national convention on ’empowerment of women for social transformation’ at the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris here.

The President stressed that a society based on equality and harmony could only be possible by empowering women.

Kovind said the theme of this national conference is very relevant and Brahma Kumaris are carrying out empowerment of women for social change in the true sense.

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  1. All other aspects apart, doing away With Mercy Plea to the President, shortens the job description of a President of India. After all, considering such plea and granting or not granting it, is one of the duties of the 1st citizen, the titular head of our country!
    The President of India should not dismiss one of his duties.

  2. The process of the trial should not be vitiated by sentiment and emotion. It should follow the highest standards of jurisprudence. However, once guilt is established, there really is no place for mercy. Rashtrapatiji is responding to a national mood of revulsion and outrage. Also a very real sense of fear and dread on the part of families where young women work.


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