Kathua rape 'barbaric', says President Kovind

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He termed the incident as "barbaric" and said it was the collective responsibility of the society to make sure such inhumane things do not happen with any girl in the country.

In his address, Governor welcomed President, Ram Nath Kovind and First Lady and said that it was a proud moment for the University that the President was among them to address the Convocation. The President specifically mentioned the medal winning performances of female sportspersons from all corners of India in the recent Commonwealth Games. We have to think what kind of society we are becoming.

"The most attractive thing in this world is the smiling face of a child, and the security of our children is the greatest success of our society..." He addressed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra. Across the country, our children are being subjected to heinous crimes.

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Recalling the days spent visiting the cave shrine in her childhood, the chief minister said: "The entire set of rituals in this part of the state revolves around the Kanya Pujan, because here we literally worship girls as reincarnations of the goddess Durga".

Recognising their contribution and achievements, founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti and Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Munjal Auto Engineering Limited, Sudhir Munjal have been conferred honorary doctorate by SMVDU on the occasion. "Are we building a society where women can enjoy justice, equality and independence, as provided for by our Constitution?" The Centre can help incubate student-led start-ups.

Later during the day a civic reception was held on the sprawling lawn of Jammu's historic Amar Mahal in honour of the President.

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The president would meet Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Ramalingam Sudhakar and other judges over breakfast here.

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