Stating that 'demonic' attacks on women have shaken the conscience of the country, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said that those convicted under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act should not be allowed to file mercy petition.
The President also said a lot remains to be done on the subject of women safety.
"Women's safety is a very serious issue. A lot of work has been done on this subject but much remains to be done. Incidents of the demonic attack on girls shake the conscience of the country," the President said while addressing a national convention on 'empowerment of women for social transformation' at the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris.
"It is the responsibility of every parent to instill among boys the feeling of respect for women," he added.
The President stressed that a society based on equality and harmony could only be possible by empowering women.
Kovind said the theme of this national conference is very relevant and Brahma Kumaris are carrying out empowerment of women for social change in the true sense.