UN condemns rape and murder of two teenaged girls in UP

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon too had called the recent incidents of violence towards women in India and Pakistan "appalling".

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations | Published:June 2, 2014 12:23 pm


Silhouette of the tree where the two sisters who hung after being gangraped in Village Katra Sadatganj in Badaun. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna) Silhouette of the tree where the two sisters who hung after being gangraped in Village Katra Sadatganj in Badaun. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

The United Nations has condemned the “brutal” gang rape and murder of two teenaged girls last week in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district, callin for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.

“There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women and girls from lower caste communities who are targeted and raped in rural India. Violence against women is not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue,” Resident Coordinator of the UN system in India Lise Grande said.

UN Chief Ban Ki-moon too had called the recent incidents of violence towards women in India and Pakistan “appalling”.

“In recent days we have also seen other tragic incidents in which women have been the targets of appalling violence – from Pakistan to India to California and Nigeria. The world will never find true peace and prosperity if half the population face discrimination and exploitation,” Ban had said in remarks made to reporters in Toronto last week.

The UN system in India said ending violence against women and girls is a fundamental goal of the world body and assured its support to people across the country to do what it takes to ensure that every woman and every girl can live safely and with dignity everywhere.

“Every girl and woman should be able to live safely, feel protected and grow up free of violence,” UN Women’s Representative in India Rebecca Tavares said.

“Amongst the many actions that need to be taken, the UN encourages the speedier application of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2013, including the establishment of the one-stop crisis centres. The justice system is key to addressing the problem,” Tavares said.

Grande noted that many “progressive reforms and changes” have been put in place following the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2013 but stressed the need for implementing the laws meant for the protection of girls and women.

“But having the laws in place are only one part of the solution – their implementation also matters as does changing mind-sets. Violence against women and girls is preventable, not inevitable. Sustained implementation of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012 and the setting up of Special Courts and child friendly procedures for victims under 18 years of age are also key priorities,” Grande added.

The latest brutal act of violence against the girls in UP also highlights the dangers girls and women all over India are exposed to due to the lack of toilets.

UNICEF’s Representative to India Louis-Georges Arsenault said around 65 per cent of rural population in India defecates in the open and women and girls are expected to go out at night. “This does not only threaten their dignity, but their safety as well,” Arsenault said.

Last week, the UN had described as a “horrendous crime” and strongly condemned the incident and stressed that all citizens should be protected by the law.

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  1. K
    Jun 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    Yadavs are brorn rapist and voilent caste they should be cornered and put them behind the bar.Senior Mulayam who was primary teacher who does not have moral character and keeping two wives and telling Indian that rape is minor things and boys do mistakes why to hang them and junior yadav had told female reporters that any things happen to you what a shame to yadavs kome .yadavs donot need society they need tabela where they can rape each toher mothers,sisters and buffallows.
  2. V
    Jun 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm
    People of up voted for hope and change. They thought a young energetic chief minister would end their woes and liberate them from corruption and gunda raj under mayawati. Alas they were proved wrong.bravo Mr. Akhilesh yadav for successfully fooling them!
  3. R
    Jun 2, 2014 at 7:06 am
    What shame! The UN condemns India who cannot protect the dignity of its own womenfolk!
  4. A
    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:22 am
    If UN cared even a grain of sand for the ual violence ....................... it would have banned Por nogr aphic and other degrading material from Internet ............... for hours daily teenagers are exposed to filthy materials including ual violence and adultery and NOW UN condemns this episode ........ in simple terms it is called hypocrisy .................
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    Ajith Kumar
    Jun 2, 2014 at 7:48 am
    India is getting World Wide attention not for its achievements on Industrial Growth orScientific advancement but for the Most Condemnable Crimes committed against thepoorest of the poor and those who are treated as anybody's play things.Are we going to the Pre Historic time .If people are forced to relieve themselves in the open and human "jackals" lay in wait to pounce on defenceless girls and women in the darkness of nighteven after 67 years of Independance what have we achieved and what progress we canbe proud of.Is it not overdue that people demand and get their basic amenities fromthose they vote to rule over them.Why are we voting the same type of people who aredrunk with power and the benefits they get being in power over and over.As a Nation we should look at ourselves.Think of the little ones sent by families in Jharkhand,Bihar etc to Kerala through brokers in the hope that they will be fed and given education which they cannot dream in these states.Let us take a few minutes to think of our people
  6. M
    Jun 2, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Akhilesh and his father Mulayam are the biggest defenders of rapists and acid attackers on women. According to them ' Ladkon se aisee galtiyaan ho jaati hain.. Uskey liye unhen jyaada sazaa nahin deni chahiyey.' The people should think about what should be done with this father-son duo. The world is watching the outcome of irresponsible voting by people of UP in the State elections.
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    Maheswar Deka
    Jun 3, 2014 at 6:12 am
    wrong doers must be punished severely.harsh laws must be there to punish the wrong doers.police vigilance over the anti social elements is essential.
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