Amid rising cases of crime against women, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday said 'our heads hang in shame' due to recurring incidents of rapes and other violence against women.
Flagging concerns about female foeticide and crime against women, Gandhi exhorted women not to bow down to difficulties in future and face them with courage as the country needs them at all responsible positions.
Her remarks came as the country celebrates International Women's Day today.
"Such incidents (rapes and crime against women) are happening all over the country.Our heads hang in shame because of these rapes and crimes against women," Gandhi said at the dedication of a Women's Medical College and Convocation ceremony of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila University here.
Image: Women activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans outside the venue of an event presided over by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixshit to mark International Women's Day, in New Delhi, Friday, March 8, 2013. The activists were protesting against rising violence against women and quick trial of accused in relating crimes.