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Mukherjee condoles Tomar’s demise, expresses distress over Delhi gang-rape

Allahabad, Dec 25 (ANI): Expressing his distress over the recent incident of brutal violence against a young girl in Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said criminal attacks against women often happen in the backdrop of negative perceptions about women harboured and propagated by certain elements in society.

President Mukherjee said the government is alert to the situation and is taking necessary action to ensure that such unfortunate incidents are not repeated in future.

“I pray for the speedy recovery of this brave young girl. Criminal attacks against women often happen in the backdrop of negative perceptions about women harboured and propagated by certain elements in society. This must change. We must inculcate in every member of our society the highest of respect for women and the youth of the country, particularly students of prestigious institutions like MNNIT must take the lead in this regard,” he said in his address at the 9th annual convocation of Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology here.

President Mukherjee further said that the public outcry over the ghastly incident is justified, but added that violence is not the answer.

“I appreciate the justified anger of the youth over this ghastly incident but at the same time I humbly remind them that reason should not be thrown to the winds. Youth must learn to control emotions. Violence is not the answer,” he said.

President Mukherjee also condoled the demise of Delhi Police constable Subhash Tomar.

“I am told that one of the security persons on duty passed away today. I express condolences over the sad demise of this man who passed away in the call of duty. I share the agony of his family. I hope this will not be repeated in future,” he said.

Tomar, who suffered serious injuries during violent protests at India Gate on Sunday, died today after battling for life at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here.

He was cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in the national capital with full state honours.

Tomar, who was on ventilator since his admission at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Sunday evening, was declared dead at 6: 40 a.m.

Tomar is survived by his wife and three children – two sons and a daughter. (ANI)

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