Everybody in society to take responsibility for safety and security of children: Prez

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Ajay Dogra
JAMMU, APR 18:
President Ram Nath Kovind referred to recent reports of the brutalisation and killing of a girl child in the state. Perhaps the most beautiful thing in the world, the President said, was the smile on the face of an innocent child. The greatest benchmark for society to judge its success would be to keep our children safe. Protecting every child and ensuring all children feel secure is the utmost responsibility of society. In various parts of the country, our children are sometimes victims of heinous crimes. The occurrence of such barbaric incidents even 70 years after Independence is a matter of shame. We have to ask ourselves – what kind of society are we building? What are we giving our future generation? Are we building a society where women can enjoy justice, equality and independence, as provided for by our Constitution? The President said it was a common responsibility for all of us, in all parts of the country, to address this issue. The president called for a resolve to provide security and safety to girl child across the nation. “It is the responsibility of all of us that it (cases like the Kathua rape and murder case) do not happen with any of our sisters or daughters”, Kovind said. He said if there is good education it makes students good human beings and people who have sensitivity and sense of equality towards others. Earlier, President
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Ram Nath Kovind arrived here on his two-day maiden visit to the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
He is being accompanied by First Lady Savita Kovind. The president was received by Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Legislative Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta and Legislative Council Chairman Haji Anayat Ali at the Technical airport here, a spokesperson said.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Revenue Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri were among those who recieved the president.
Speaking at the convocation, he said, “A good human being, if he becomes a doctor, becomes a good doctor, and if he becomes an engineer, a good engineer, which is better for society”, he added.
President graced and addressed the sixth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, today (April 18, 2018).
Speaking on the occasion, turning to the progress of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, the President was happy to note the success of its Technology Business Incubation Centre. The Centre can help incubate student-led start-ups. The President said that in today’s world, universities and students need to emphasise research, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.
The President also noted that girl students had got eight of 12 gold medals at the University convocation. Despite the fact that our society till places more restrictions on girls than on boys, young women are achieving a lot, and in every field. The President specifically mentioned the medal winning performances of female sportspersons from all corners of India in the recent Commonwealth Games.
Later in the evening, the President attended a civic reception hosted for him by the state government at Amar Mahal in Jammu. Addressing the gathering, the President said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have shown courage, fortitude and resilience, even in the face of challenges. All of India takes pride in them and is confident of their ability to use economic and educational opportunities that are being created in different regions of the state. The President appreciated the government and people of the state for showing commitment to development and to the path of progress.

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