New Delhi, Dec 31 — President Pranab Mukherjee Monday called for dedicating 2013 to improving the security and welfare of women in the country.
In a message on New Year’s eve, Mukherjee said: “We mark the advent of the New Year under a pall of gloom, as the nation mourns the tragic loss of a brave young girl, who became the victim of a heinous crime.”
“Let us dedicate 2013 to improving the security and welfare of women in our country. Let us use this moment to introspect and earnestly seek ways in which we can address the mindset which lies at the root of such incidents in order that we may achieve dignity and equality for women in our country,” he said.
He wished people a purposeful and productive New Year which takes the country forward to a better future.
“Let us strive hard to fulfill our unrealized dreams with vigour and determination,” he added.