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India raps Pakistan for raking up Kashmir issue during debate on women's advancement

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 08, 2019, 09.09 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has rapped Islamabad at the United Nations for raking up Kashmir at a debate on "advancement of women" at the United Nations General Assembly and asked the country what did its army do during Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971.

Paulomi Tripathi, first secretary at the Indian mission at the UN said, " The international community still remembers that the armed forces of this country perpetrated dreadful sexual violence against women with impunity, in our immediate neighbourhood in 1971. We still hear accounts of these gruesome violations at the annual high-level general debate."

India said it "ironical" that a "country, where violations of women’s right to life in the name of so-called "honour" go unpunished, is making baseless statements about women’s rights in my country."

The outgoing ambassador of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi had raked up Kashmir at the UN while talking about the communication ban in the region in a debate. 

India highlighted how it gives "utmost importance" to "representation of women in decision making positions" and said it is "proud that the first woman President of the General Assembly was Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit from India" and it was India's Dr Hansa Mehta  who made "pioneering contribution" in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Modi government's policies, the diplomat said though government’s financial Inclusion Initiative, more than 197 million women in India have a bank account and via Stand Up India and Mudra Yojana programmes women entrepreneurs are able to get access to loans. 

New Delhi has also launched the National Nutrition Mission to eradicate malnutrition by 2022, with special focus on children, women and adolescent girls.

This is not the first time Pakistan has raked up the Kashmir issue in the unrelated platform. In September, the Pakistani delegates had raised the Kashmir issue at the sustainable development goal in Maldives Parliament and UNICEF South Asian Parliamentarian Conference in Sri Lanka and were given a strong reply by the sitting Indian delegates.

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India highlighted how it gives 'utmost importance' to 'representation of women in decision making positions' and said it is 'proud that the first woman President of the General Assembly was Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit from India'.