Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Pranab agonised over communal riots, gang-rapes

IANS  Midnapore, West Bengal, September 15, 2013
First Published: 20:25 IST(15/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:26 IST(15/9/2013)

Describing the incidents of killings and gang-rapes of women and children in the recent communal clashes as a "sad spectacle", President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday expressed his agony over the violence and called for "widespread" public mobilisation for gender sensitisation.

Advertisement

The President stressed that religion should not be the vehicle for spreading hatred and violence against "believers of different faiths", and called for introspection "on the sad decline in moral values" in the society.

"At a time when our country is witness to the sad spectacle of people, including women and children, getting killed in communal clashes, the life of Pandit Vidyasagar teaches us that religion should never become an instrument for propagation of hatred and violence against believers of different faiths," Mukherjee said.

Delivering the seventh Vidyasagar Memorial lecture at the Vidyasagar University in Midnapore, West Bengal, he said no society which ill-treats women and girls can claim itself to be "civilized".

"When such incidents occur, angry criticism of the government cannot lead to a solution," he said.

"There is an urgent need for widespread public mobilisation aimed at gender sensitisation. We need to introspect on the sad decline in our moral values and reflect on how we can reset our moral compass," he said.

Urging teachers to ingrain in the students values like sincerity of purpose, honesty, integrity and respect for women, he regretted that there was a lack of respect for women in the society.

"This situation cannot be changed unless the society asserts itself," he said.

Seeking pro-active intervention of the society in such areas, he said laws for securing women's safety would become effective only if there was efficient mechanisms to enforce them.

He stressed the need for continuous police and judicial reforms to ensure prompt justice for women.

The President also called for women's empowerment and better health, education and employment facilities for them.

Railing against female foeticide, he said such practices should cease to exist immediately.


Advertisement
more from India

Padmanabhaswamy temple audit to take 5-6 months: Rai

The special audit of the properties of Kerala's famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is facing allegations of financial irregularities, is expected to be completed in the next five to six months.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved