In his message, the President said, "The thread of Rakhi binds sisters and brothers in an inseparable bond of love and trust.

"This festival underlines the need for enhancing efforts for the welfare of women and for all men to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of women in society," he further said.

He expressed hope that people take a pledge to dedicate ourselves "to the well-being of the women of India, particularly the girl child".

In a tweet PM Modi said, "On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my greetings to all the citizens of India."

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. On the festival, sisters tie a rakhi on her brothers' wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brothers' well-being and the brothers' lifelong vow to protect her.

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