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Empowerment: Prez for women in new fields

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

Batting for women empowerment, the President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday urged parents and families should allow women freedom to think freely and gain experience in new fields.

While addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36 on Wednesday, the President said in the male-dominated society, women have to face a lot of obstacles.

Giving examples of women who have done in various fields otherwise dominated by men, Kovind said if parents and families allow freedom to think freely and allow them to gain experience in new fields, it would enhance their confidence.

“Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi alone flew the fighter jet last year. Haryana’s Phogat sisters have also shown that no field is taboo for the daughters. If parents of PV Sindhu, Sania Mirza, Sania Nehwal and Aruna Reddy had not granted them freedom, exposure and encouragement, how would they achieve success?” he said.

The President said women have more responsibility in running the house. “But, look at Manipur’s Mary Kom. She won many medals after marriage. She is a source of inspiration for Indian women. Draw inspiration from Haryana’s Phogat sisters they come from a rural background but brought fame to the entire country in wrestling,” he added.

Kovind said India was proud of Chandigarh girl, Neerja Bhanot, who lost her life trying to save 369 passengers on plane, which was hijacked by terrorist in 1986.

” There is a long list of women achievers from Chandigarh. But if I have to take one name I will mention Neerja Bhanot not just Chandigarh but the entire nation is proud of her, who laid down her life for the safety of others,” he said.

“More and more women are joining the IT sector. We want more and more women to join the engineering field,” he said. Kovind also praised Member of Parliament from Chandigarh, Kiron Kher, for making her mark in Bollywood.