UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India

20th July 2016

This statement is attributable to Anju Malhotra, UNICEF Principal Gender Advisor

DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 20 July, 2016 – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women.

“Approximately 120 million girls worldwide – one in every 10 – will experience sexual violence. The majority of these girls are violated for the first time between the ages of 15 and 19.

“But outrage is not enough. We need action now to end this brutality that has become routine and to give the victims of violence the justice and protection they deserve.”
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