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.
India has recently become notorious for increasing cases of sexual violence against women. This involves rape, mainly gang rape. Statistics show that rape in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. According to the
National Crime Records Bureau, in 2012, 25,000 rape cases were reported across India. Out of these, 24,470 were committed
by relative or neighbor. Men accounted to commit 98 per cent of reported rapes. This shocking estimates suggest that a new
case of rape is reported every 22 minutes in India!
The gang rape of a 23-year old student on a public bus on 16 December 2012, sparked large
protests across the capital Delhi. She was with a male friend who was severely beaten with an iron rod during the incident. This same rod was used to penetrate her so severely that the victim’s
intestines had to be surgically removed, before her death thirteen days after the attack. In the 24-hour period after the
gang rape of the victim, at least two girls under the age of 18 were gang raped and one of them was murdered. It has been
estimated that up to 100,000 children go missing each year, with the majority of them being sexually abused.
Rape is an everyday occurrence in India, most cases are not reported, or when they are, the police sweeps away the case or tells the woman that she deserved the abuse. There have also been alarming rates of sexual child abuse. So many protests have been organized by women and human rights group to call for Government’s seriousness in tackling this issue.
The Government of India has shown some willingness to fight rape and gender based violence but more adequate measures need to be taken. The Parliament is currently working on some laws that will give tougher punishments to assailants. However, there must be well defined measures to implement these laws. The Police force needs to take reported cases seriously and ensure prosecution of rapists and sexual offenders.
The message is simple: “No to rape and sexual violence in India!” Women deserve to live free lives and exercise their human rights without fear or intimidation.