Tharoor moots education of girls and changing mindsets as solutions to reforming country

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 17:45 hrs

New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource Development (HRD), Shashi Tharoor on Sunday raised concern over women education, safety and empowerment and emphasised on the need to change the mentality of people in order to bring a positive change in the country.

Tharoor was speaking here in a conference on 'women empowerment', organised by a private educational institution.

"We will have to change our mentality towards women, as without changing the mentality the country can't progress. Women comprise 50 percent of the total population, but we don't give them equal rights and security to live freely. This should happen and for that mentality should have to be changed," said Tharoor.

Talking about the necessity of girls' education in the country, Tharoor said there is a need to halt the schools dropout rate.

"We should try to do something by which the female children complete their school education, because a lot of times girls drop their schools in-between. Our government is initiating a lot of projects to halt the drop out rates of girl after eight standard," he added.

Issues of safety and security for women in the country have become a big issue after the infamous Delhi gang rape incident showed nationwide resentment against the cases of crimes against women.

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