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Concern over surge in crimes against women

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Minister K.M. Mani calls for a vigilant society

K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law and Housing, taking salute during the Republic Day ceremonial parade in Kottayam on Saturday.-PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law and Housing, taking salute during the Republic Day ceremonial parade in Kottayam on Saturday.-PHOTO: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

K.M. Mani, Minister for Finance, Law and Housing, has called for a vigilant society to prevent the increasing frequency of atrocities against women.

He was delivering the 64th Republic Day message after hoisting the national flag and taking salute at the ceremonial parade held at the Police Parade ground here on Saturday.

Mr. Mani underscored the importance of preserving the unity of the country while ensuring freedom of individuals in the society. Such responsibilities were the hallmark of an independent republic. Unfortunately, there has been increase in encroachments into the privacy of individuals through which women in the society have been affected, he said.

Stringent steps

Noting that there has been a surge in the number of shocking incidents being reported against women, Mr. Mani stressed the need to adopt stringent steps against anti-social elements. He added that the government was considering the implementation of a legislation in dealing with such cases. According to Mr. Mani, the citizens of the country must be patriotic, socially committed and driven by moral values.

Anto Antony, MP, district panchayat president Radha V. Nair, district collector Mini Antony, district police chief C. Rajagopal, Additional District Magistrate T.V. Subhash, Kottayam municipal chairman M.P. Santhosh Kumar, Thomas Chazhikadan, ex-MLA, district panchayat members Sally George, Philson Mathews, N.J. Prasad, Kottayam municipal councillor Cincy Parel, officials of various departments, social activists and school students also witnessed the ceremonial parade.

Ceremonial parade

Contingents of the police department, excise department, student police, National Cadet Corps (NCC), Scouts and Guides participated in the parade that was led by Kottayam Armed Reserve camp Inspector M.P. Babu. Awards were distributed by the Minister for parades in various categories of the event.

Inspector K.R. Ajay, who led the platoon of the Excise Department was adjudged the Best Parade Commander. The contingent of the Armed Reserve police that was led by sub-inspector V.T. Scaria was selected as the Best Platoon.

In the Student Police category, the Girls’ Platoon led by P.S. Aswathy bagged top position. The Boys’ Platoon led by Nebin V. Nainan came second in the category.

In the NCC Senior division, the platoon of the Baselios College that was led by Nitin was selected for the top spot and was followed by the platoon of the MD Seminary Higher Secondary School led by Suraj Surendran. The team led by Christy Davis from the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kottayam, won in the NCC Junior division (Boys) category. The top position in the NCC Junior (Girls) category was won by the team from the same school and led by Aparna Thomas.

In the Scouts category, the platoon from MD Seminary Higher Secondary School that was led by Arun Babu won the first place. The team from Mount Carmel School led by K.J. Gopika won in the Guides category. The group led by Fathima Aboobacker from Baker Memorial Girls High School was selected the Best Band Platoon.

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