NEW DELHI: India on Monday termed the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s comments on recent cases of sexual violence against women “unwarranted”, saying any unnecessary comments by an external agency are best avoided when probe is going on.
“Some unwarranted comments have been made by the UN Resident Coordinator regarding some recent cases of violence against women. The UN Resident Coordinator in India should be aware that these cases have been taken extremely seriously by the government,” said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
The UN statement had referred to the Hathras and Balrampur cases.
“Since the investigation process is still underway, any unnecessary comments by an external agency are best avoided. The Constitution guarantees equality to all citizens of India. As a democracy we have a time-tested record of providing justice to all sections of our society,” said Srivastava.
Srivastava was responding to a media query on the UN Resident Coordinator’s statement which said it was essential that authorities ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice speedily and that families be empowered to seek timely justice, social support, counselling, healthcare and rehabilitation.
“The UN in India is profoundly saddened and concerned at the continuing cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India. The recent cases of alleged rape and murder in Hathras and Balarampur are another reminder that despite the impressive progress made on a number of social indicators, women and girls from disadvantaged social groups face additional vulnerabilities and are at greater risk of gender-based violence,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in India in a statement.
Though the UN welcomed the steps being taken by India to strengthen safety measures for women and girls, it said, “Entrenched social norms and behaviour of men and boys that lead to gender-based violence must be addressed.”