You know it’s serious when the U.N. gets involved. The organization's Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo will be the first to visit India in an attempt to address the unprecedented—and rising—number of violent attacks on women throughout the country. News of the visit came just a few days before reports surfaced that a Punjab woman in Ludhiana was forced to collect footage of a brutal beating she endured in order for local police to take any steps to bring her attackers to justice. (The original attack was recorded on a cellphone by a bystander.)
U.N. Special Rapporteur Manjoo will start her trip on April 22 and stay in India for 10 days. While there, she will visit with government officials and special interest groups in regions ranging from Delhi and Rajasthan to Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. During her stay, Manjoo aims to collect information about the causes and consequences of violence, and after her return, she will present her findings and suggestions for improvement at a conference of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
This visit promises to transform the culture of ambivalence that has proven pervasive in Indian society. Manjoo says, “I believe India is in a unique moment in history to address the issue of violence against women and to further advance women's rights in the country."