New Delhi: The UN on Wednesday said it had not come across any case of sexual abuse by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. “We have not received any report of sexual violence in Jammu and Kashmir. So far we do not have any reports about the issue,” UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom said replying to a question.
Various separatists groups have been alleging incidents of sexual violence against women by security forces in the state. Asked whether UN would set up any mechanism to monitor incidents of sexual abuse in Jammu and Kashmir, she said there was no such proposal. However, she said the UN was in the process of setting up such a mechanism to monitor incidents of sexual violence in various African countries and in Columbia and Bosnia. The UN official said she has been tasked by the UN Security Council to take steps to prevent sexual violence against women in conflict zones and the world body was taking a series of initiatives to address the issue.
Wallstrom said the world body is “deeply concerned” about growing incidents of sexual violence against women in various conflict zones across the globe and was taking several initiatives to ensure safety of fair sex in the troubled areas.