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NASABA CONDEMNS DELHI GANG RAPE INCIDENT, CALLS FOR URGENT REFORMS

January 8, 2013

The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) mourns the death of the 23-year old Delhi student who was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16, 2012. NASABA offers its sincerest condolences to her parents, family and friends, and condemns this brutal crime.

“Rape and other forms of sexual violence are not just women’s issues but political and human rights issues that concern every member of our society. Violence against women must never be accepted, never excused, never tolerated,” said NASABA President Emilie Ninan. “Every girl and woman has the right to be respected, valued and protected.”

NASABA welcomes the efforts of the Government of India to take urgent action and calls for further steps and reforms to deter such crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. NASABA also joins many others in encouraging the Government of India to strengthen critical services for all rape victims and ensure access to justice, regardless of class or caste.

NASABA is a voluntary bar organization with 25 chapters in the United States and Canada. NASABA serves as a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community at large across the continent. For more information, please visit us at http://www.nasaba.org or on facebook or LinkedIn. NASABA Contact: Salman Azam , V.P. of Public Relations (312) 324-3244

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