In response to the latest horrific incidents of violence against women, a gang rape and murder of a Dalit woman and a similar incident where a Dalit women was drugged and raped, both in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla offered the following comment:

“Rape and murder are two of the most profound violations of Hindu values. When such attacks are made against a member of a community already facing social inequity the situation is all the more tragic. We offer our condolences to the victims and their families. We welcome the swift initial actions by state government authorities and urge them to see their investigation through with diligence, ensuring that rule of law is followed and justice delivered.”