Kathua gangrape: President Kovind calls it a "barbaric" incident

President Kovind in Jammu

The President called for a resolve to provide security and safety to girl child across the nation.

"The smile of innocent children is the most attractive thing in this world". He said protecting children should be the primary responsibility of any society.

He said children have been becoming targets of serious crimes in some or other part of the country.

"Such an incident taking place in any part of the country after 70 years of independence is really shameful". What are we giving our future generation? "Our daughters will get justice".

"President is the constitutional head so he had to speak about the issue which has troubled everyone in the state and in the country". He addressed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra. The Centre can help incubate student-led start-ups.

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The President also noted that girl students had got eight of 12 gold medals at the University convocation.

Kovind said that while girls are outshining boys in every sphere, it is a fact that they face more restrictions. The President specifically mentioned the medal winning performances of female sportspersons from all corners of India in the recent Commonwealth Games.

Amar Mahal Lawns in Jammu city will hold a reception in Jammu city, and a dinner at the Raj Bhawan to be hosted by Governor Vohra will be on President's day plan. The President appreciated the government and people of the state for showing commitment to development and to the path of progress.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who, too, posed questions about what was wrong with the society.

President Kovind arrived in Jammu on Wednesday on his two-day maiden visit to the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The court also issued notice to the state on the father's petition that says the accused must be tried outside J&K because the atmosphere in Jammu is highly "polarised".

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