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Dec 29, 2012 at 07:39pm IST

Law alone will not help, society needs to change: Pratibha Patil

New Delhi: Former President Pratibha Patil on Saturday expressed her grief at the demise of the 23-year-old girl who was gangraped in a moving bus in the national capital, terming it as a very sad incident. Paying her homage to the family of the braveheart, the former President said that the incident had shaken the minds of the citizens of the country.

"We must see such incident do not happen in future. The government needs to make stringent laws and strictly implement these laws, so that no one commits such shameful and ugly act," said Patil, speaking to CNN-IBN.

Patil further asserted that laws alone would not help in such cases as there was need to remove "social evils from our society". She also referred to the protests going on over the incident, saying, "When young people fight for right cause, peaceful demonstrations should be allowed."

The former president further pointed that when she was in the office, she had appointed a committee of governors to look into the issue of women empowerment and a report was sent to the government. "According to that report, the national mission was set up for women," said Patil.

Conceding that the system had "failed somewhere", Patil said that there was a need to change the mentality of the police at all levels. "System has failed somewhere...the mentality of those who implement these laws must change," said Patil, adding that the culprits should be given the strictest of punishment.

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