Need to correct gender discrimination: Patil

January 25th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha Patil New Delhi, Jan 25 (IANS) Holding that the status of women is an important indicator of progress in a society, President Pratibha Patil Wednesday called for removing social prejudices that have led to gender discrimination in the society.

Addressing the nation on the eve of 63rd Republic Day, Patil said social evils like female foeticide, child marriage and dowry must be eradicated.

“I strongly believe that women need to be drawn fully into the national mainstream. Empowerment of women will have a very big impact on creating social structures that are stable. An important component of women’s development is their economic and social security,” she said.

“Social prejudices prevalent in our society which have led to gender discrimination need to be corrected,” she added.

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