Terming as extremely shameful the rise in crimes against women in the country, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday pressed for a change of people's mindset to wash off the taint of female foeticide.
Gandhi, who inaugurated the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women at Khanpur Kalan in Haryana's Sonipat district, said there was a need to take more concrete steps to eliminate the evil of female foeticide.
"We need to change the mindset of people to wash off the taint of female foeticide. Girls and women are being subjected to rape, other crimes and atrocities in the country. It is a matter of shame for all of us. We need to take more concrete steps to eliminate this evil," she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Gandhi also urged the society to pay attention to the education of girls.
"It is a big social responsibility to provide quality education to girls. If woman is educated not only a family but entire society will be educated," she added.
The UPA chairperson, who congratulated the women on the occasion of International Women's Day, also spoke about government's budget announcement about earmarking Rs 1,000 crore each for opening women's banks across the country and Nirbhaya Fund. (ANI)