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President in J&K, condemns Kathua rape

 Jammu, April 18: President Ram Nath Kovind arrived here on Wednesday and strongly condemned the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. “Such an incident happening in our country after 70 years of independence is shameful. We have to decide what kind of a society we are developing into,” the President said at the sixth convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra town. “It is our duty to ensure that such a thing does not happen in future to any of our daughters or sisters.”

The President, who is on a two-day visit to the state, said the success of a society lay in the kind of protection it provides to its children. He said the greatest achievement of any human being is tolerance and respect for others. Asking students to draw inspiration from his predecessor A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who inaugurated the university, Kovind asked them to learn from the life and struggles faced by the former President.  (IANS)