UN Human Rights Chief Termed Rape as National Problem in India

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights termed rape as the national issue in India, calling for strengthening the laws against this sexual violence

Jan 2, 2013 12:39 IST
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Calling the sexual violence and brutality against the females as national issue in India, the human rights chief of UN, Navi Pillay asked the union government of India to strengthen the legal administration against sexual crimes, primarily rapes. The UN human rights chief was however against death penalty for the rapists.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights gave her detailed reaction to the heinous Delhi gangrape of 23-year old Para-medical student which took place on 16 December 2012. The Delhi gangrape victim had died in Singapore. The UN human rights chief declared that attacks like these were happening against females in all the social classes in India. She expressed that this was the national problem which affected women of almost all the castes and classes.

Pillay in the meanwhile also welcomed the protests supporting anti-rape, declaring that these would help women in overcoming their fears in New Year. It was announced that though the union government of India took a few steps for ensuring women safety but a lot more needed to be done.

Pillay also asked the Indian government for inviting UN Special Rapporteur on the violence against the females to visit India for helping in the process. UN Special Rapporteurs are the autonomous experts who are especially trained for investigating issues like these.

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