The horrific rapes in Kathua and Unnao as well as in Surat have got noticed even in international forums.
It is in this context that UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said that acts of rape and murder “dehumanise societies”.
She said that statements by the UN Resident Coordinator in India and the condemnation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi are important but then even more important is the “action that follows”.
She said that no rape and no murder is justifiable and that it “dehumanises societies” in ways that are profoundly dangerous.
The senior UN official said families of both the victims have suffered losses and await justice.
There have been too many such atrocities and too often it is women and girls who are deliberately targeted, intentionally instilling fear and building divides, she said.
Mlambo-Ngcuka stressed that the assertion of the human rights of everyone, everywhere and their protection by the rule of law, is a fundamental tenet of the UN.>