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President says laws, penalties made harsher for crimes against women

President says laws, penalties made harsher for crimes against women

New Delhi, Jun 20(UNI) Stressing that penalties for crimes against women have been made harsher

and the new penal provisions are being strictly enforced, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday

said women empowerment is one of the top priorities of this Government.

'Empowerment of women and their effective involvement in society and economy is the touchstone

of a developed society. The Government's thinking promotes not only women's development but

also women-led development,' said the President while addressing the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament.

To secure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, the President said eradication of

social evils like 'Triple Talaq' and 'Nikah-Halala' is imperative, and added, 'I would urge all the

members to cooperate in these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters better and

dignified.'

He also highlighted states' cooperation in increasing women’s security, for which several effective

steps have been initiated by them.

Talking about the popular schemes like 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme, Mr Kovind said the

campaign has brought down female foeticide and improved the sex ratio in many districts of the

country.

Rural women are the biggest beneficiaries of freedom from smoke through 'Ujjwala Yojana' he said,

adding that vaccinations have been provided through ‘Mission Indradhanush’ and free electricity

connections were made available under ‘Saubhagya’ Yojana.

Not only this, women are also being given priority in the registration of houses built under 'Pradhan

Mantri Awas Yojana' in the rural areas, under which nearly two crore new houses will be built in the

villages during the next three years, Mr Kovind added.



Facilities for the women workers in the unorganized sector are also being augmented. Self-employment opportunities are being made available to rural women through 'Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Rashtriya Aajivika Mission', he said.

Under the 'Rashtriya Aajivika Mission', loans amounting to more than Rs 2 lakh crore have been

disbursed so far to three crore women in rural areas.

'This Government is committed to make women equal stakeholders in the country’s development and prosperity. Efforts will be made in collaboration with industry and corporate sector to provide better employment opportunities to women,' said the President.

In addition, in Government procurement, priority will be given to those enterprises where women’s

participation in the workforce is more than the prescribed limit.



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