Horrified at Violence Against Women in India: US

A State Department deputy spokesperson said the US is \'horrified\' to learn of violent sexual assaults and murders in India\'s Uttar Pradesh state

Published: 04th June 2014 02:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2014 03:21 PM   |  A+A-

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WASHINGTON: The US is "horrified" to learn of violent sexual assaults and murders in India's Uttar Pradesh state, the State Department said.

"Like, I think, so many in India, we were horrified to learn of these violent sexual assaults and murders," Marie Harf, US State Department deputy spokesperson, said at the daily press briefing Tuesday. 

"Our thoughts are with the victims' families during this difficult time," Harf said while responding to questions on the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls last week in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district.

She, however, applauded many individuals, government officials, and civil society groups in India that are working to protect the survivors and prevent gender-based violence.

The United Nations had also condemned the brutal gang rape and murder of two teenaged girls last week in Uttar Pradesh calling for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women across India.

"There should be justice for the families of the two teenaged girls and for all the women and girls from lower caste communities who are targeted and raped in rural India. Violence against women is not a women's issue, it's a human rights issue," Resident Coordinator of the UN system in India Lise Grande said.


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