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Prez: Kathua case ‘barbaric’ 


Amid nationwide rage over the Kathua rape and murder case, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said such incidents are shameful and an eye-opener for society.In obvious reference to the  case, the President said the incident that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir had shattered and shocked the entire society.“After 70 years of Independence, such an incident occurring in any part of the country is shameful. We have to think what kind of society we are developing. It is our responsibility to ensure such a thing does not happen to any girl or woman,” he said while addressing the sixth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Kakriyal area of Katra.“Perhaps the most beautiful thing in the world was the smile on the face of an innocent child. The greatest benchmark for society to judge its success would be to keep our children safe. Protecting every child and ensuring all children feel secure is the utmost responsibility of society. In various parts of the country, our children are sometimes victims of heinous crimes,” he said, adding, “The occurrence of such barbaric incidents… is a matter of shame. We have to ask ourselves — what are we giving our future generation?”Rs 10 lakh fine by HCNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed 12 media houses to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for revealing the identity of the eight-year-old Kathua rape victim. The court also indicated that it may enhance the amount that has to be deposited in the J&K Victim Compensation Fund. The media houses have apologised. 

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