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22 June, 2008

UN classifies rape a 'war tactic'

The UN Security Council has voted unanimously in favour of a resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war.

The document describes the deliberate use of rape as a tactic in war and a threat to international security.

The UN is also setting up an inquiry to report next June on how widespread the practice is and how to tackle it.

For details, see BBC report.

Rape has been used extensively in internal conflicts, too, since time immeorial.

Those who practised untouchability had no qualms about raping 'untouchable' women.

In our own time, the Hindutva brigades in Gujarat and the Marxist cadres in Nandigram used rape as a weapon of war.

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