New York, NY (BBN)- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses “deep sorrow” over the death of a young Indian woman who was gang-raped in a bus in the city of New Delhi earlier this month.
“He offers his sincerest condolences to her parents, family and friends, and utterly condemns this brutal crime,” his spokesperson said a statement issued on Saturday night.
The 23-year old student had been gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in the Indian capital on 16 December. Subsequently, she had been transported to a Singapore hospital where she was being treated for severe injuries, and where she was reported to have died on Saturday.
Besides, the attack reportedly sparked widespread protests about gender attitudes in India, as well as calls for changes to relevant national laws.
“Violence against women must never be accepted, never excused, never tolerated. Every girl and woman has the right to be respected, valued and protected.” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in the statement.
He noted that the UN chief welcomes the efforts of the Indian Government to take urgent action on the matter and calls for further steps and reforms to deter such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.
BBN/SSR/AD-31Dec12-10:55 am (BST)