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UNICEF statement on the gang-rape and killing of teenaged girls in Uttar Pradesh, India

NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 - Last week the United Nations spoke as one to condemn the horrific gang-rape and killing of two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Today, as we hear reports of yet another rape and murder of a 13-year old girl in the same state, UNICEF renews the call for justice: justice for the victims of these brutal crimes, for their families, and for the millions of girls and victims around the world who fall prey to brutal sexual violence. 
There can be no justification, no excuse, and certainly no impunity for such crimes, which not only harm individual girls and women but tear the very fabric of their societies. 

Such unspeakable crimes violate the most fundamental values at the heart of all human civilization. We must condemn such violence and we must combat it wherever we find it.

Nothing can bring back the girls who died in Uttar Pradesh, but we can and must recommit ourselves to realizing the right of every child to live in safety and dignity.  Violence against children is always wrong. 


Notes to the editors
The United Nations system in India includes 27 organisations that have the privilege to serve in India. The Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Government leads the UN Country Team to advocate the mandate of the United Nations, while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family. Please see http://in.one.un.org/

About #ENDviolence
ENDviolence was launched in July 2013 to spur greater attention and action to address the global problem of violence against children, with a public call to ‘make the invisible, visible.’ The initiative builds on growing public consensus that violence against children can no longer be tolerated – and that it can only be stopped by collective action on the part of ordinary citizens, policy-makers and governments alike.  

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
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