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Sex assault on infant, girl in India, Pakistan ‘heart-breaking’: UN spokesperson

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Sex assaults on an toddler in India and on a girl in Pakistan are “heart-breaking” however the “scourge” of violence in opposition to ladies impacts all international locations, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has mentioned.

Asked by a reporter, who referred to the 2 latest instances in India and Pakistan and requested what recommendation the UN would give the 2 international locations to cease the violence, he mentioned the UN and its businesses had been working with governments to get the message throughout to communities in opposition to the assaults on women and girls.

“First these two cases that you are referring to are heart breaking,” Dujarric mentioned on Wednesday.

But he added, “What is clear is that no country on this planet is immune from the scourge of violence against women, violence against girls. We see it in all countries, North, South, East and West.”

An eight-month-old toddler girl was raped in New Delhi on Sunday and a 28-year-old cousin has been arrested and charged in the assault.

Last month, a seven-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan.

Both incidents have prompted outrage in their respective international locations and requires motion to guard kids and ladies.

About the UN actions to combat violence in opposition to women and girls, Dujarric mentioned: “Through various programmes, through UN Women, through UNFPA (UN Fund for Population activities), UNICEF and others, UN is working with national governments to try to get messages through to communities to respecting girls, to respecting women.”

“It is about equal rights, access to health, access to education (for women and girls). It is about empowerment of women,” he added.

“Through a number of development programmes the UN is trying to face the issue.”

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