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UN rights chief calls time on caste-based sex attacks

Published on Jun 18, 2014 12:30 AM
 

GENEVA (AFP) - UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged India to ensure that perpetrators of caste-based sexual attacks do not escape justice.

"Women from stigmatised castes suffer the double assault of caste-based and gender-based discrimination," Ms Pillay said on the sidelines of a session of the UN Human Rights Council. "And all too often abuses of their rights are committed with complete impunity," she said.

"Such impunity must end," said Ms Pillay, a South African with Indian roots.

India has been trying to overcome its reputation for violence against women, but public outrage was reignited by the deaths last month of two girls, aged 12 and 14, who were gang-raped and lynched in their impoverished village in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

 
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