On International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee lamented the rise in crimes against women.
While addressing the awardees of the Nari Shakti Puraskar in Delhi, the President said that it was “inexcusable” that women do not feel safe.
“The government is equally concerned at the rising rate of violent crimes against women. It is inexcusable that women in India do not feel as secure and safe as they should…Gender biases have no place in modern India where inclusive development is a key objective,” said President Mukherjee while addressing the gathering.
The 31 awardees were honoured at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. The women included ISRO scientists, first-ever women troupe of Kathakali dancers, India’s first female graphic novelist, survivors of acid attack and trafficking, environment and animal activists, among others.
The three women scientists from ISRO, who were honoured, were Subha Varier, B Codananyaguy and Anatta Sonney. All of them have participated in some of the historic space missions like the Chandrayaan mission, Mangalyaan mission and the most recent launch of 104 satellites in one go.
An all-women kathakali troupe was also given an award for claiming a dance form which was traditionally a male preserve.
Tripunithura Kathakali Kendram Ladies Troupe from Kerala was formed in 1975 and since then they have delivered over 1500 performances in India and abroad.
Writer and painter Amruta Patil, Assam’s woman activist Sumitra Hazarika and V Nanammal, a Yoga enthusiast from Tamil Nadu were also among the awardees.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi was also present at the event.
(With inputs from PTI)