Sirohi (Rajasthan): Terming women safety as a “serious issue”, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday (December 6) said that rape convicts under POCSO Act should not have right to file mercy petition.

“Women safety is a serious issue. Rape convicts under POCSO Act should not have the right to file mercy petition. Parliament should review mercy petitions,” he said while addressing the National Convention on Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation.

The President emphasised that a society based on equality and harmony could only be possible by empowering women.

The President said that while a lot of work has been done on the issue, but much remains to be done.

“The incidents of demonic attacks on girls shake the conscience of the country. It is the responsibility of every parent to instill among boys the feeling of respect for women,” he said.

His comments came in the backdrop of several cases of crime against women reported from different parts of the country.

On Friday (December 6) morning, all four accused in the rape and murder of the veterinarian in Telangana were killed in an encounter with the police when the accused tried to escape while being taken to the crime spot.