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Indian bishops deplore violence against women

May 11, 2016

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has issued a statement deploring the brutal rape and murder of a dalit law student in the city of Ernakulam.

The dalits, once more commonly known as “untouchables,” are the lowest caste in Hindu society.

“We condemn this barbarous and horrific act against a woman and expresses its deep concern for the life and dignity of women in the country,” the episcopal conference’s Council for Women stated.

Pascoal Carvalho, an Indian physician and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, told AsiaNews that “the attacks against women begin even before her birth,” with “the practice of sex-selective abortion [that] is the result of cultural norms that value male children over female children … A crime against a woman is committed every three minutes.”

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