President Ram Nath Kovind addressing an event in Rajasthan on Friday. Photo/ANI
President Ram Nath Kovind addressing an event in Rajasthan on Friday. Photo/ANI

Rape convicts under POCSO should not have right to file mercy petition: President Kovind

ANI | Updated: Dec 06, 2019 15:34 IST

Sirhoi (Rajasthan) [India], Dec 6 (ANI): Terming women safety as a "serious issue", President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said that rape convicts under POCSO Act should not have right to file mercy petition.
"Women safety is a serious issue. Rape convicts under POCSO Act should not have the right to file mercy petition. Parliament should review mercy petitions," he said while addressing the National Convention on Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation.
The President emphasised that a society based on equality and harmony could only be possible by empowering women.
The President said that while a lot of work has been done on the issue, but much remains to be done.
"The incidents of demonic attacks on girls shake the conscience of the country. It is the responsibility of every parent to instil among boys the feeling of respect for women," he said.
His comments came in the backdrop of several cases of crime against women reported from different parts of the country. (ANI)

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