The India rape victim dies

December 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

A woman whose gang provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in died from her injuries, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage.

The unidentified 23-year-old medical student suffered a brain injury and massive internal damage in the December 16 attack and died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment.

Protesters rallied peacefully in the capital New Delhi and other cities across the country to keep the pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government to get tougher on crimes against women. That was in contrast to the pitched battles protesters fought with police last weekend.

I wasn’t previously aware that India was so backwards in its treatment of sex crimes against women. I was aware how barbaric it was in certain Middle Eastern countries and parts of Africa. But this case has really shone the light on India.

Most sex crimes in India go unreported, many offenders go unpunished, and the wheels of justice turn slowly, according to social activists who say that successive governments have done little to ensure the safety of women.

Political leaders vowed steps to correct “shameful social attitudes” towards women in the world’s biggest democracy.

The details of the attack are gruesome, made almost unbelievable that it was allowed to occur on a moving bus for an hour – and no one called the Police.

“For some reason, and I don’t really know why, she got through to us,” well-known columnist Nilanjana Roy wrote in a blog on Saturday.

“Our words shrivelled in the face of what she’d been subjected to by the six men travelling on that bus, who spent an hour torturing and raping her, savagely beating up her male friend.”

Sonia Gandhi, the powerful leader of the ruling Congress party, directly addressed the protesters in a rare broadcast on state television, saying that as a mother and a woman she understood their grievances.

“Your voice has been heard,” Gandhi said. “It deepens our determination to battle the pervasive and the shameful social attitudes that allow men to rape and molest women with such impunity.”

The victim and her male friend were returning home from the cinema, media reports say, six men on their bus beat them with metal rods and repeatedly raped the woman. Media said a rod was used in the rape, causing internal injuries. Both were thrown from the bus. The male friend survived.

Absolute animals.  I hope they are found guilty and never freed.

A global poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in June found that India was the worst place to be a woman because of high rates of infanticide, child marriage and slavery.

New Delhi has the highest number of sex crimes among India’s major cities, with a rape reported on average every 18 hours, according to police figures. Government data show the number of reported rape cases in the country rose by nearly 17 per cent between 2007 and 2011.

And that’s just reported ones.

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33 Responses to “The India rape victim dies”

  1. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    Yeah, when I was in India visiting one of our centres I was very surprised at the lengths we went to. Our female staff, if they work after hours, get a car home accompanied by one of the security guards, who then returns back to the office after making sure she gets home. I’d been told this was because it wasn’t safe to ride home alone, now I see why.

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  2. Scott1 (552 comments) says:

    this sounds to me like the core of the issue is more that a gang of men can feel comfortable commiting crimes in a moving bus. it sounds like there is a major rule of law issue in india however that might manifest. Those that were aware of the crime or were in the group were not unaware a crime was occuring, even if in the most sexist case the crime was just the injuries to her friend, instead they didnt act because the gangs power.

    the solution being more police going after these guys no matter what laws they happen to be breaking.

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  3. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    We’ve been brought up to believe that “India” is a country or state like any other. The left,the media, the anti British,anti colonials etc present it as such and romanticise the place ruthlessly. That movie Gandhi is a great example.Gandhi himself had exploitative tendencies towards women.
    Today ,economists and the doomssayers of the west constantly hype the place as outdoing the west etc. India is an amalgamation of states,principalities,religions,castes ,ethnicities.A forced amalgamation,one that barely works.It was forced by the Indian nationalists,who took what the British created and reinvented it as a nation state,a nation state that exists on paper but not in fact.
    It is poor,backward,divided and very corrupt and this case is a sad example of that. If Indian medicine is so good and advanced why was she flown to Singapore?
    The men who raped her first berated her for being out with a man not her husband.There’s no excuse for rape,but that indicates an Islamic mentality,,it will be interesting to know the details. She was targetted as she was a woman ,but I,d guess she was not from the same caste or religion as her assailants.
    It was a private bus ,only the driver and the boyfriend being the others on board.

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  4. northern (44 comments) says:

    Completely agree, DPF – it’s scandalous. Of course it’s difficult to make international comparisons (not least owing to differing levels of reporting) but it seems as if NZ and the US are both particularly bad for rape too; see:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_rap_percap-crime-rapes-per-capita

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  5. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    ..but the gentlemen of India (including the NZ Indian Association) were so chivalrous in defending Ms Dikshit’s reputation when that nasty white man Paul Henry cracked a couple of jokes about her – they wanted him sacked, jailed, strung up etc etc.

    Yet these same fuckwits conspire together to practise the sexist subjugation of women that allows this sub-human savagery to occur. The gentlemen of India seem to apply a vastly different standard of accountability when it’s not one of their own (but a nasty whitey who offends their delicate sensibilities) so they are not only sexist pigs but slimey racists as well.

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  6. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Muslim men are a big part of it..Gang rape being a basic tenet of islam..Just ask the Aussies, the Danes , the Norwegians , the Swedes etc…Some of these countries had never had gang rape till they opened their doors to these…….Sorry guys I can’t come up with a word which David wouldn’t censure..
    The names of the men now charged with murder are not being released because of ”sensitivities..”
    Kowtow…As I understand it , the hospital in Singapore , had state of the art organ transplant facilities. She had intestinal damage. The media are now saying she was beaten with an iron bar….

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  7. stuarts-burgers (96 comments) says:

    David on BBC World Service this morning an Indian Politician said that the government was working for a speedy trial and the he was calling for the maximum penalty.

    The BBC reporter then explained that in India this was the death penalty.

    Maybe this is not the time and place to debate this subject but can we call for the maximum penalty when it is as barbaric as the original crime.

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  8. MarkF (102 comments) says:

    @stuarts-burger
    “Maybe this is not the time and place to debate this subject but can we call for the maximum penalty when it is as barbaric as the original crime.”

    NO the death penalty is far less barbaric than the original crime!

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  9. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “Muslim men are a big part of it..Gang rape being a basic tenet of islam..Just ask the Aussies, the Danes , the Norwegians , the Swedes etc…Some of these countries had never had gang rape till they opened their doors to these..”

    Come off it. Do you really believe what you are saying – that whole countries never had a gang rape until Muslim immigrants appeared? If you believe this you are living in a fantasy world. Whatever the religion of the recent attackers, rape and sexual harrassment in India is far from being a particularly Muslim problem. So-called ‘eve teasing’ has been a huge issue for Indian women and there’s no sign that such attacks are predominantly by Muslim men. Hinduism and other religions have appalling records of validating the oppression of women. For all its faults, Islam never came up with as vile a practice as sati (suttee).

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  10. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    Nothing barbaric about putting some useless ,evil ratbags out of their miserable life destoying existence.

    I reckon a lot more of it would see serious crime seriously reduced. Failure to fight crime is one of the state’s major failings to it’s law abiding citizens.

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  11. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Go Right ahead , Samo..defend the indefensible. Just wait till it is your daughter.

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  12. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    The Indian state was founded in an orgy of murder,rape,arson ,looting and mayhem between the Hindu and Muslim communities,against the background of partition and sectarianism. That is a big part of the modern context of Indian society.

    The victim is a Hindu ,it will be interesting to know who the assailants are. The fact that their names are not being released due to “sensitivities” says alot.

    No one says rape is new or unique to Muslims,but in the Indian context it is significant and part of the historical enmity between the Muslims and Hindus.

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  13. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Joana, if you can’t honestly discuss this issue, please shut up. This is not an opportunity for point-scoring and a chance to assert your prejudices. A young woman has been brutally killed by some complete scumbags. Trying to put the blame on people you have a particular hatred for, Muslims, is excusing the rest of Indian society, much of which has a dire track record of ignoring and making light of sexual violence.

    And your pretence that I am defending rape is probably one of the lowest and most pathetic things I’ve ever seen said on this blog.

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  14. ben (2,380 comments) says:

    David, the bus was on a joy ride, apparently. No outsiders on board to report the crime.

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  15. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Sam,
    There is no point me replying to you..You are obviously very young and completely ignorant about the direct relationship between muslims and gang rape. I do not tell people to shut up. I also did not excuse the rest of Indian society. It is you who is making excuses for muslim men.
    Well , we shall see who did this when the names are released , if they ever are!

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  16. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Isnt this why God invented lynching?

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  17. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    joana: they are almost certainly muslim from the information provided. It’s not clear whether you believe that rape or gang rape in India is an exclusively muslim problem – that seems to be your assertion. Is that true? I think Sam is pointing out that treating Islam as the problem when the underlying problem is one of Indian society means that you’d end up chasing the wrong cause. Equally, if the problem is exclusively muslim in nature, then chasing it as an Indian societal problem makes no sense.

    The fact that people believe this is institutionalised through the police and courts, and that the Indian police and courts are not exclusively muslim, suggests to me that Sam is more likely to be right.

    And I would note that the language you used “Just wait till it is your daughter” doesn’t help any sort of useful discussion. You’re personalising something that has no need to be personalised, and it _is_ the equivalent of telling someone to shut up.

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  18. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Yes, I excuse Muslim men – the ones who aren’t rapists. I made no excuses for Muslim rapists. Neither do I make excuses for the Russian Christians and atheists who committed gang rapes in WWII, the Japanese Buddhist, Shintoist and Christian men who committed gang rapes in China, the largely Buddhist Burmese who committed gang rapes in Shan state, the Hindus who committed gang rapes in Gujurat, the African Christians who committed rapes in the Congo and all the other rapists, including New Zealanders of every race and creed.

    “we shall see who did this when the names are released”

    Yes, and if they do turn out to be Muslim, which they may well be, I expect you will feel entitled to insist that rape is a Muslim characteristic while ignoring every other single incident of rape and sexual violence in India.

    “I do not tell people to shut up. ”

    No – you just tell lies about them, such as your despicable claim that I defended rape.

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  19. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    “Equally, if the problem is exclusively muslim in nature, then chasing it as an Indian societal problem makes no sense.”

    It most certainly isn’t exclusively Muslim. For example, this report refers to gang rapes committed by Hindus during sectarian violence against Muslims in Gujurat. http://www.hrw.org/reports/2002/india/India0402-02.htm#P311_53835

    Pretty clear from this report that attitudes to rape are problematic among men from a variety of beliefs. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/12/20121228124356833971.html

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  20. David Garrett (7,318 comments) says:

    “There is not point me replying to you…”[250 word response then follows]

    Excellent!

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  21. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    I appreciated being called “very young” too.

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  22. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    DG.
    its old age..trying to be patient with the very young and naive..By your writing Sam , I would estimate you are under 30 and a product of some cosy , coed NZ school. I never said only muslim men rape..but gang rapes by muslim men in the countries I mentioned are horrendous and of course under reported..Sam accused me of hatred and prejudice ..it is these passionately aired words which pins the age thing..
    Why would any women in the world like or love a group of men whose general and sexual treatment of women is as horrendous as that of muslim men..??????
    Oh and Sam , when did you live in an islamic country?

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  23. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Joana, if your stupid statement that I was defending gang rape is a sign of your maturity, I’m happy to be thought of as young. Come to think of it, I’d vaguely assumed you were young, just because of your weak use of punctuation and rather odd arguments, but our ages are irrelevant aren’t they? Matter of fact, you are right that I went to a coed school – I wouldn’t have described it as cosy – but again, what on earth does this have to do with anything?

    “gang rapes by muslim men in the countries I mentioned are horrendous”. Certainly. Are gang rapes by non-Muslims less horrendous?

    “I never said only muslim men rape…” “Some of these countries had never had gang rape till they opened their doors to these…”

    But you are seriously claiming countries never had gang rape until Muslims turned up?

    “Why would any women in the world like or love a group of men whose general and sexual treatment of women is as horrendous as that of muslim men.”

    Did somebody suggest women should love Muslim men as a group? What are you on about?

    “when did you live in an islamic country?”

    Did I claim to have done so?

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  24. missindependent (1 comment) says:

    Paul, where did you get the information? from the article in http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_delhi-gang-rape-case-another-accused-detained_1780052 the names of accused raper/gang member are certainly not muslim,

    Joanna, blaming muslim in this discussion is certainly not going to take you anywhere to find the root of the problem in India and other parts of the world, you will just make yourself burnt with hatred

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  25. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Sam,
    You write and think like a child of the Clark era. You didn’t say you had not lived in an islamic country ..Every word you wrote told me you had not lived in an islamic country..It is two things which screech this lack of experience, firstly your naivety, secondly your defense of muslims..You are not the only poster I have encountered who is like this..I have experience on my side..you have a lack of experience which causes you to be naive and most likely causes you to have difficulty understanding my point of view.
    I lived under an islamic dictator..I still have very close friends and relations living under every manner of islamic oppression.If you haven’t lived with this kind of oppression , you cannot begin to undertand it..I get that. But as I said , it is impossible for peole like yourself to understand the strenght of my feelings…If you want to call it hatred , you may..I know ex muslims here and overseas who hate islam with a passion. No one is going to be taking their hatred away anytime soon.

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  26. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Sam,
    You write and think like a child of the Clark era. You didn’t say you had not lived in an islamic country ..Every word you wrote told me you had not lived in an islamic country..It is two things which screech this lack of experience, firstly your naivety, secondly your defense of muslims..You are not the only poster I have encountered who is like this..I have experience on my side..you have a lack of experience which causes you to be naive and most likely causes you to have difficulty understanding my point of view.
    I lived under an islamic dictator..I still have very close friends and relations living under every manner of islamic oppression.If you haven’t lived with this kind of oppression , you cannot begin to undertand it..I get that. But as I said , it is impossible for people like yourself to understand the strenght of my feelings…If you want to call it hatred , you may..I know ex muslims here and overseas who hate islam with a passion. No one is going to be taking their hatred away anytime soon.

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  27. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Joana, you have absolutely no idea what my experiences are. I really suggest you give up the belief that you are Sherlock Holmes and can make deductions about people’s age, schooling and other experiences from the use of a couple of words or opinions. As I pointed out above, I had vaguely assumed from your writing that you were young, I was wrong, but I wasn’t silly enough to state my assumptions, based on limited evidence, as if they were facts.

    Experience, by the way, is not a virtue in itself. It must be coupled with the ablility to interpret it, and to understand what genuine lessons can be drawn from it, and to understand when a reaction to an experience may be misleading. Two people will learn very different lessons from the same experience.

    I’ve seen enough of the Islamic world to know that you can’t generalise about it. I’m sure I’d feel anger about the oppression of the people in the particular Islamic dictatorship you lived in, same as I feel angry about the oppression of my friends who live in, or have fled, a particular Buddhist dictatorship (the sexual violence against women inflicted by this regime not being the least of its crimes). But I’m not going to generalise about Buddhists based on that particular experience. Nor do I particularly see why you consider having lived in an Islamic dictatorship to be a prerequisite for understanding the nature of the sadly widespread sexual violence practised in India.

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  28. tristanb (1,127 comments) says:

    Bet these guys wish they were in NZ right now. Most would get off because there wasn’t enough evidence, and the few who do get done will get manslaughter and a few years behind bars.

    It’s a bit unfair to be blaming this on Muslims. I’ve met Hindus who say that Sikhs have worse regard for women than Muslims – but it’s all just prejudice.

    This guy (from India, came here for a better life) violently attacked a couple of teenagers in the Botanic Gardens in Manukau. Two years and five months.

    “The judge deducted six months for Singh’s previous good character and age, and took another 10 months off for his early guilty plea, leaving his end sentence at two years and five months. “

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  29. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Sam – joana is someone with her own view of the world e.g.
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/01/a_flyer_in_christchurch.html#comment-783843.
    The chances of persuading her that she isn’t an expert on every subject she makes pronouncements on would be remote.

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  30. Sam Buchanan (501 comments) says:

    Ah, yes. See what you mean, Rodders. Thanks.

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  31. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Sam
    I seem to recall from a comment some time ago that joanna endured some nasty experiences in Malaysia. I think she possibly uses Kiwiblog to vent some steam. She’s not alone in that here, of course, but then again she is also far from being the only Kiwiblogger who seldom talks any sense.

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  32. kowtow (8,524 comments) says:

    milky always make sense doesn’t he?

    Condescending prick!

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  33. asunter (15 comments) says:

    If anyone is interested, there is an excellent series on Indian television (with subtitles) that you can watch on You Tube titled Satyadev Jayate. They investigate a different social issue in each programme, many of which affect women – dowries, forced marriage, violence etc. It is well worth watching and shows how India, as a nation, is struggling to address these issues, some of which have never been discussed publicly before.

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