Those convicted under POCSO Act should be deprived of the right to mercy petition: President Kovind

Mount Abu (Rajasthan): Demonic attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday and said those found guilty under the POCSO Act should be deprived of their right to mercy petition .
It is for Parliament to decide on the matter and make necessary constitutional amendments, “but the idea of ??all of us is moving in that direction”, he said while addressing a program in Abu Road, Rajasthan on the issue of women safety said. The President said that women’s safety is a very serious issue and a lot of work has been done on it but much more remains to be done.
“Incidents of demonic attack on daughters shake the conscience of the country. It is the duty of every parent, citizens, yours and mine to strengthen the feeling of respect for women among boys.
“In this context, many things are coming to light. Such convicts have been given the right to mercy petition by the Constitution. I have said that it should be reconsidered…. In cases under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses) Act, they are denied the right to mercy petition. They do not need any such right, ”he said.The president’s remarks came at a time the country witnessed several cases of brutal attacks on women.
A rape survivor from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh was set alight by five men, including two of the accused, on Thursday when she was on her way to court. The woman has been battling for life at a hospital in Delhi with 90 per cent burns.A 25-year-old veterinarian was raped, killed and burnt in Hyderabad last month. The charred body of the woman, working as an assistant veterinarian at a state-run hospital, was found under a culvert in Shadnagar, near Hyderabad, in the morning of November 28, a day after she went missing.
Speaking on women empowerment, the president said education is important for empowerment of women.“It is true that when you make a boy educated, it gives benefit to one family but when you make a girl educated, its benefit goes to two families. Another important fact is that the children of an educated woman do not remain uneducated,” he said.Kovind said that financial empowerment of women was equally important and the Centre’s Jan Dhan Yojana has played an important role in that direction.
Remembering B R Ambedkar on his death anniversary, the president said that Ambedkar always gave priority to women empowerment.
He said that there has been an improvement in child sex ratio due to women development centric schemes and Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been honoured for the improvement.
“I have been informed that an improvement of nearly 35 points is child sex ratio is there in Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. This is an important social change. Birth of 1003 daughters per 1000 sons in Rajasthan’s Banswara district is a good thing, he said.He said that example of political empowerment of women are also there.
“This year, for the current Lok Sabha, the election of 78 women MPs is an achievement for our society. In rural India, more than 10 lakh women are also playing their role effectively through Panchayati Raj institutions.
The President was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day National Conference on Empowerment of Women for Social Change at Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in Abu Road in Sirohi district.

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