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India rebuffs UN criticism over sex crimes as 'simplistic' and full of 'sweeping generalisations'

Published on Jun 12, 2014 9:59 PM

GENEVA (Reuters) - India has rebuffed accusations by a United Nations investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world's biggest democracy, calling her analysis "simplistic" and full of "sweeping generalisations".

India's large northern state of Uttar Pradesh has seen a wave of violence and sex crimes, including the rape and murder of two girls aged 12 and 14, which stirred national outrage.

The United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women, Professor Rashida Manjoo, said violence against women was systematic and continued "from womb to tomb" in a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. "According to numerous interlocutors, the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women in the private sphere is widely tolerated by the State and the community," Prof Manjoo wrote.

In its response, posted on the Council's website on Thursday, India called that allegation "baseless". It said she had made "unsubstantiated yet sweeping generalisations". "We do not agree with the labelling of 'violence against women in India as systematic'," India said. "Such a sweeping remark smacks of a highly prejudiced state of mind."

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