New York, Feb 9 (IBNS) The United Nations human rights chief has expressed her shock and deep sadness at the rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old woman in South Africa, and urged a more comprehensive approach to tackling the "pandemic of sexual violence" in the country.
"There is a need for very strong signals to be sent to all rapists that sexual violence is absolutely unacceptable and that they will have to face the consequences of their terrible acts. The entrenched culture of sexual violence which prevails in South Africa must end," said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
The victim, Anene Booysen, was raped and mutilated, allegedly by several men, on 2 February and left for dead on a building site in Bredasdorp, 80 miles east of Cape Town, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner's office (OHCHR). The following morning she was found, still alive, by a security guard, but died later the same day.
Ms. Pillay welcomed the "strong reaction" by the country's leaders to the attack. "But it should not have taken this particularly atrocious case, involving rape, torture and murder, to underline the urgent need for a more thorough response across the whole spectrum of South African society to tackle the root causes of this pandemic of sexual violence," she added.