India's first female president took the oath of office today, promising to fight for women's rights.
The 72-year-old Pratibha Patil was sworn in to the ceremonial post by the chief justice of the Supreme Court at the Indian parliament.
In a speech, Ms. Patil pledged to fight malnutrition, infant mortality and female feticide. She also committed herself to working for the empowerment of women in India.
Lawmakers elected her in a landslide vote last week. But her campaign was marked by scandal as she faced allegations of financial wrongdoing and political meddling. She has denied all wrongdoing.
Ms. Patil, the former governor of northwestern Rajasthan state, succeeds popular Abdul Kalam, who chose not to run for another term.