Interacting with students and teachers at the Kirnahar Shib Chandra High School, which was his alma mater, Mukherjee said that one could not call a society civilized if its women faced torture.

Mukherjee reached Kirnahar, a town in Birbhum district, about 170 km away from Kolkata, by helicopter from the metropolis on Thursday afternoon after arriving here from Delhi.

He will stay at his ancestral village Mirati in Birbhum district for the next four days to take part in the Durga Puja celebrations. The President will also don the priest's robe and conduct the puja and attend a few other programmes during his stay.

At the school, the country's first citizen made the comments while replying to queries about the increasing rate of crime against women in the country."For the society, such things are a matter of shame. One must show respect to women," he said.

(Agencies)

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