UNP urges protection for women

The opposition United National Party (UNP) has condemned the brutal rape of a girl in India and called for urgent measures to be taken for the protection of women around the world.

A statement by Shanthini Kongahage, head of the UNP Lakvanitha Front, said that the rape incident which drew regional and international headlines, highlighted the fact that there has been a rise in the number of women being abused.

She claims that even in Sri Lanka women are being abused and have failed to be given protection by the government.

The UNP notes that some government politicians are also known to have abused women and so even locally there needs to be an uprising to protect the rights of women.

The UNP Lakvanitha Front meanwhile says a condolence book will be placed at the Viharamaha Devi Park tomorrow (Monday) at 9.30 am for the public to sign and express their sorrow over the death of the rape victim in India.

The body of the 23-year-old Indian woman who was gang-raped was flown back to New Delhi for cremation today (Sunday).

The victim, whom police have not yet identified, died in a hospital in Singapore while being treated for severe organ failure.

Hours upon returning to India, she was taken to her residence for cremation. The brutal rape at the hands of six men on a bus has shaken India, leading to protests about women’s safety in the nation and calls for harsher punishments for the perpetrators.  (Colombo Gazette)