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UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women to visit India next week

New Delhi, Apr. 18 (ANI): Rashida Manjoo, the Special Rapporteur, charged by the Human Rights Council to monitor violence against women, its causes and consequences worldwide, will be visiting India next week to assess the overall situation of violence against the feminine gender.

Manjoo will meet with government authorities and civil society in Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, among other regions during her ten-day visit beginning on April 22.

“I intend to look into violence against women, its causes and consequences, in its broadest possible sense,” she said, while emphasizing that the recent incident of the brutal gang-rape of a young woman in New Delhi have provided an opportunity for further reflection on laws, policies and practices and the barriers to, and challenges of, effective implementation.

The victim, a physiotherapy student, was brutally raped and assaulted in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. She died of her injuries on December 29, 2012 in the multi-specialty Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Her male friend, who was accompanying her that day, was also assaulted by the accused and both of them were thrown out of the bus.

Manjoo will present a report with her final findings and recommendations to a forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council based on the information obtained during her visit. (ANI)