"I applaud the many civil society groups across India that work – often without resources or recognition – to empower women and minority groups. I count on the [Indian] Government to act on them," Ban told the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi. "On the global pandemic of violence against women, including the heinous crimes of rape and sexual abuse, India has a special challenge."
Ban added that the UN will do everything possible to support the Indian government in fighting the violence, protecting women and punishing the perpetrators.
UN chief also called for the Indian government to support the UN Women, a special department, established by Ban, to ensure the women's rights and gender equality around the globe.
On January 11, UN Secretary General met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India's Gujarat during the Vibrant Gujarat investment summit. Ban praised Modi's focus on improving the socio-economic well-being of Indian people and encouraged further progress.