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Indian Government Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Violence Against Women

THE GUARDIAN – India’s new government has promised “zero tolerance” for violence against women, amid widespread public anger following the recent gang-rape and lynching of two teenage girls.

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President Pranab Mukherjee made the pledge in a speech to parliament that laid out the rightwing government’s agenda following a landslide election victory for the Bharatiya Janata party, led by Narendra Modi, last month.

Mukherjee also announced a range of other measures to tackle the recent surge of sexual violence against women in India including reforms of the country’s slow, corrupt and inefficient criminal justice system.

“The government will have a policy of zero tolerance for violence against women, and will strengthen the criminal justice system for its effective implementation,” the president told a joint sitting of parliament.

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