UNITED NATIONS: During the UN General Assembly Third Committee session on ‘Advancement of Women’, India slammed Pakistan for 'weaponising' women's rights issues for self-serving political gains in Jammu and Kashmir.
The committee said the statement ironically that a country where violations of women’s right to live in the name of ‘honour’ go unpunished is making “baseless” statements about it in India.
"As we renew our collective resolve to continue to work towards the realisation of women's empowerment and gender equality, there is no space for weaponising women's rights issues through empty rhetoric for self-serving political gains," said First Secretary in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi.
India had given a sharp reply to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech at the UN before.
Vidisha Maitra, a junior diplomat posted as First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India at the United Nations said Indian citizens don’t need others to speak for them. Vidisha Maitra’s speech attacked Pakistan’s remarks against the removal of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
She added that Pakistan is moving ahead with upstream terrorism and downstream hate speech, India is going ahead with mainstreaming development in Jammu and Kashmir.
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"The international community still remembered that the armed forces of this country perpetrated dreadful sexual violence against women with impunity, in India's immediate neighbourhood in 1971," added Tripathi.
She mentioned that gender equality and empowerment of women were an integral part of India’s inclusive development strategy and New Delhi.
She claimed that more than 1.3 million elected women representatives lead in the formulation and implementation of public policies at the grassroots level in India and measures such as financial inclusion, income guarantee programmes, cash benefit transfers, improved access to healthcare and education for women and girls have improved lives of millions.