Secretary-General expresses sorrow following death of rape victim in India

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Violence against women must never be accepted, excused or tolerated, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said following the death of a young woman from India who had been gang raped earlier this month.

The 23-year-old student was raped by six men while on board a bus in New Delhi on 16 December. She suffered severe injuries and was being treated at a hospital in Singapore where she died on Saturday.

In a statement condemning the crime, Mr. Ban offered his sincerest condolences to the woman's family and friends.

The Secretary-General has welcomed India's efforts to take urgent action and called for further steps and reforms to deter such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

He said UN Women and other parts of the United Nations stand ready to support such reform, for example through technical expertise.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

(Duration: 53 secs)

 

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