Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged everyone on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan to uphold the dignity of women and ensure a safe environment for them.

Naidu, who is in Bengaluru on an official tour, celebrated Rakshabandhan at Raj Bhavan with school children from various local schools.

Greeting the people on the occasion, Naidu said Rakshabandhan is a celebration of the special and deep-rooted bond of love and respect between brothers and sisters.

Urging the people to treat everyone like their brothers and sisters, Naidu said this would promote brotherhood and harmony among the citizens and "make our nation strong".

Praising the age-old Indian family system, the Vice President said it teaches us to respect the elderly and inculcates the spirit of sharing and caring among the youngsters.

Stating sisters bring happiness in the house, Naidu said that there are many Indian festivals that celebrate family relations and strengthen the bond of togetherness.

Earlier on Sunday, Naidu tweeted Rakshabandhan greetings in 13 languages including Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Konkani, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Punjabi.

Vice President Naidu Says Misses His Sister Sushma Swaraj On Raksha Bandhan

Responding to Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj's Tweet, which contained pictures of the former Union minister tying rakhi to the Vice President Naidu and applying customary 'tika' on his forehead, Naidu said he misses his "sister" Sushma Swaraj, especially on Raksha Bandhan.

"Some bonds are so sweet and strong that they cannot be punctuated even by time! A very #HappyRakshaBandhan to everyone," she wrote.

Responding to the greetings, Naidu said he couldn't agree more.

"... some bonds transcend time... Dearly miss my sister Sushma Ji, especially today," he tweeted.

Swaraj passed away on August 6, 2019.

Earlier in the day, the vice president celebrated Rakshabandhan with school children in Bengaluru.

(With Inputs From PTI)