This is the saddest and most upsetting story i’ve read in a long time.
Its about the two teenage girls that were brutally gang raped and murdered in India.
A gang of men including at least one police officer raped and killed these two innocent sisters, then left their bodies hanging from a tree.
Villagers found the girls, aged 14 and 15, hanging in a mango tree hours after they disappeared near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state.
They had gone into fields because there was no toilet in their home. The girls’ family belongs to the Dalit community, also called ‘untouchables’ and considered the lowest rung in India’s age-old caste system. (so the men probably thought that they could harm these girls in such a cruel way and nothing will be said because their family is from an extremely poor and marginalized tribe and are treated as ‘less humans’. No wonder the police were so slow to act and didn’t respond to the father when he reported that his daughters were missing on tuesday night.) Let me say here that it is extremely terrible for people to look down on a particular tribe or ethnic group and subject them to horrible treatments simply because they cant speak or fight for themselves.
Hundreds of angry villagers crowded around the tree for the rest of the day, silently protesting alleged police inaction in the case. They disallowed the police from taking down their bodies until the rapists were arrested. Autopsies later revealed that the young teenage girls were brutally gang raped and strangled before being hung.
This is not the first time we are seeing extreme situations of Rape in India. Records show that a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India!!!
The endemic rape culture of India was brought to international attention in 2012 by the horrific case of a woman who died after being gang raped in New Delhi. The woman, a 23-year-old intern, was attacked while riding a bus through the capital on 16 December 2012. She was raped by a gang of six men. The woman was seized by the men, raped repeatedly and given horrific injuries after they had beaten a male friend who was with her with an iron bar, throwing him to the back of the bus.
Last month, the head of Uttar Pradesh state’s governing party said that his party does not support execution for rapists. he further said that ‘boys will always be boys and will make mistakes’.
I was more than infuriated when i read this statement. How can a key politician refer to rape as a ‘mistake’. It is absolutely saddening and ridiculous but it is also clear that India is not taking the fight against rape and sexual violence seriously at all. How can a government show so much disconcern about protecting the lives and ensuring the safety of its women. The police is also not helping matters. They tend to see rape cases as ‘minor and usual’. Often times, the police disbelieves women who report rape cases or turn around to say that it was the womens’ fault. In the case of the two teenage girls who were raped and killed, it extremely despicable to read that a policeman was involved in the brutal sexual assault.
India’s present cultural and sociopolitical climate is so tolerant or a little acceptive of rape and sexual violence. This is extremely terrible and must be stopped. Women should be able to go about their lives without the fear of being attacked or harassed. I really hope that the newly elected Prime Minister of INDIA, Narendra Modi’s administration will radically protect womens’ rights.