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Dal Khalsa writes to UN Women about 1984 riots

punjab Updated: Oct 31, 2013 20:20 IST
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Dal Khalsa has approached the UN Women, a United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and empowerment of women, drawing their attention to the plight of the Sikh women victims of the November 1984 massacre.

In a communiqué to UN executive director and under secretary-general Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh has urged UN Women to talk about the sufferings of Sikh women, which have not been discussed in any of the reports compiled about the "massive human tragedy" over the past three decades.

The party rued that the UN had failed the Sikhs in spite of its embassy in Delhi being witness to the "black days".

"You have devoted your life upholding human rights, equality and social justice, and also remaining actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in your home country South Africa. However, we wonder whether you are aware about the massive violence against Sikh women on the streets of Delhi for three days in November, 1984," reads the letter addressed to the executive director.

Urging the UN officials to come out with a status report on the victims, Singh said, "We hope that UN Women will take into account the impact on the children of this human tragedy, as its devastation was so huge that hundreds are today victims of drug abuse, many cannot afford education and far too many live below poverty line."