No place for gender biases in modern India: President
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 09 Mar 2017 09:14:41|
Delhi Bureau and Agencies,
GENDER biases have no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday.
He also lamented the rise in crimes against women and said it was inexcusable that they do not feel as secure and safe as they should in India.
His remarks came during a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan to present Nari Shakti (Women Power) Puraskar on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. The 31 awardees who were honoured included ISRO scientists, first-ever women troupe of Kathakali dancers, India’s first female graphic novelist, survivors of acid attack and trafficking, environment and animal activists, among others.
“The Government is equally concerned at the rising rate of violent crimes against women. It is inexcusable that women in India do not feel as secure and safe as they should. “Gender biases have no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective,” said President Mukherjee while addressing the gathering.
Sumitra Hazarika, an international medal winner, athlete and President of Mission for Integration, Gender Equalization, Harmony and Fight against Threat (MIGHT) also bagged the award at a glittering function.
Sumitra Hazarika is the only awardee this year from Assam to have been chosen for the award.
An elated Hazarika said it is a proud moment for her to have received the coveted award which would inspire and motivate her to further the cause of women’s empowerment in the days ahead.
Hazarika has been espousing the cause of the fair sex since 1982 and bagged many awards and laurels for her social and philanthropic activities. She is an author and contributes columns in newspapers and magazines.