Guilty

September 11th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

An Indian court convicted four men of the gang and “cold-blooded” murder of a student on a New Delhi bus in a crime that sickened the nation and led to new laws to tackle endemic sex crime.

Judge Yogesh Khanna said the men, who could now face the death penalty, were guilty of murdering a “helpless victim” last December, as he announced that arguments for sentencing of the four would be held tomorrow.

“I convict all of the accused,” Khanna told a packed court room. “They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence … and for committing the murder of the helpless victim.”

The four – Mukesh Singh, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, aged between 19 and 29 at the time of the crime – had all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The men, whose faces were shown by the media for the first time, were economic migrants living in or around a south Delhi slum who were drawn to the city to escape grinding rural poverty.

The victim’s parents, who wept in court as the verdict was announced, have led the calls for them to be hanged, saying that they would only find closure if the four are executed.

It was a horrific crime, and the horror of it has (hopefully) led to a change in both the tolerance and prevalence of sexual assaults in .

The attack sparked weeks of sometimes violent street protests across India with seething public anger about sex crimes against women.

It also led to tougher laws being passed by parliament in March for sex offenders, including the death penalty for rapists whose victims die or are left in a vegetative state.

But savage attacks against women are still reported daily in India’s newspapers and the gang rape of a photographer last month near an upmarket area of Mumbai rekindled public disgust.

I presume there is some sort for global report that ranks countries from best to worst for women to live in? Would be interesting to see where India is placed.

Quite remarkable in hindsight that Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister, especially in an era where female leaders anywhere was very rare. She became PM in 1966!

Of course the violence against women in India is done by a very small minority. But it does seem until recently it has been swept under the carpet rather than confronted and all efforts made to minimise it.

Tags: ,

19 Responses to “Guilty”

  1. PaulP (144 comments) says:

    A terrible crime.

    DPF: “I presume there is some sort for global report that ranks countries from best to worst for women to live in”

    I recall the greens banging on about some report that showed NZ as one of the ten worst countries (might have even been about no.3) for rape statistics. A link was on here a while ago.

    In that report places like India, Uganda, Rwanda etc were well down the list. amazing the crap some people can write.

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  2. Rex Widerstrom (5,345 comments) says:

    I presume there is some sort for global report that ranks countries from best to worst for women to live in

    Yes there is.

    …as part of a Female Security Index, Mumbai was only better than Ahmedabad and Delhi.

    I presume “only better” means Mumbai was third from the bottom, and Delhi the very worst. Appalling.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  3. speters (108 comments) says:

    Rex – think you’ll find those rankings only include Indian cities

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  4. Robo (24 comments) says:

    India’s principal religions, Hinduism and Islam are both tough on women, and bride burning still occurs. At the much more minor end of the spectrum, my modestly dressed female travelling companions experienced plenty of groping hands and the rather painful “hit tit and run” (just like it says…).
    Regarding the conviction of these four, its also worth bearing in mind the very high level of corruption amongst Indian officials, and the robust cruelty of the police. There has to be a fair chance those convicted aren’t the perpetrators.

    Vote: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  5. asunter (7 comments) says:

    Violence against women in India is NOT ‘done by a very small minority’. It is an integral part of life for millions of girls and women and is considered by many to be part and parcel of a woman’s lot in life, whether the violence is carried out by parents, partners or strangers. Even before birth females are a target for violence, with as many as 1,000,000 according to 2011 census statistics, being aborted each year once their gender is discovered (often against the will of their mothers). For the girls that are born this violence often continues on through their lives with their parents and into marriage. Many Indian women actually consider acts of physical aggression from men to be a ‘normal’ part of a relationship between a man and a woman. I suggest that you watch some episodes of Satyamev Jayate on You Tube (with subtitles) to see many of the problems faced by women in India – female foeticide, domestic violence, honour killings, dowry system etc. This is a discussion program hosted by the Indian actor Aamir Khan and is an attempt to at least do something to raise awareness of and address some of these problems. You can find a description of the episodes, many of which are truly heartbreaking, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyamev_Jayate_(Season_1)#List_of_Episodes
    It is within this context that the incident this post is referring to happened

    Vote: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  6. Lucia Maria (2,275 comments) says:

    Indians are one of the main perpetrators of sex-selective abortions and infanticide against girls.

    They even have a name for girls who are kept to show that they weren’t wanted: Marathi.

    Vote: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  7. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Disgusting place Delhi. Went there last year. Ive seen dogs living better than some residents. Corruption is rife. A-grade shithole with no redeeming features.

    Vote: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  8. Fentex (918 comments) says:

    Of course the violence against women in India is done by a very small minority

    Not ‘Of Course’.

    I suspect a nation in which the referenced crime could occur – a group of men boarding a public bus in daylight and raping women – has a substantial probability of having something more than a small minority of people committing violence against women.

    Vote: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  9. kowtow (8,154 comments) says:

    I’ll never get over the multiculturalists constantly doing down the west (plenty on KB) and hyping the ‘other”

    As far as I’m concerned West is Best.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2416613/Almost-quarter-men-admit-rapists-parts-Asia.html

    Vote: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  10. Robo (24 comments) says:

    Liarbors – agree re Delhi, although if you can bear spending the $300 per day to stay at the Imperial, at least you will have an oasis of calm to come back to after slogging the streets. India can be a wonderful travel destination, but you need to get out of the big cities, avoid the tourist touts as much as possible, and filter all your water!

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  11. big bruv (13,678 comments) says:

    Lucia.

    Imagine the good that contraception could do for the poor of India (and all the shit holes of the world) if female were to be given control of their own reproductive system.

    Even the Catholic church could not be against that idea surely.

    Vote: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 4 You need to be logged in to vote
  12. David Garrett (6,952 comments) says:

    Of course the Catholics are against it BB!! Every sperm is sacred don’t you know…and “God will provide”…even if you are living in a cardboard shack and have 10 kids already…

    Vote: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 4 You need to be logged in to vote
  13. Muzza M (291 comments) says:

    Yes David Garrett, you are absolutely right. I live in the Philippines and on a daily basis I see malnourished kids because the Filipino women are incredibly fertile, and the Filipino men for the most part, are a pack of lazy, drunken, bastards.

    Vote: Thumb up 4 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  14. Engineer (67 comments) says:

    Let India sort out India’s problems. Nothing to do with us.

    How do we know how women are really treated there? The situation could be as bad as reported, worse than reported, or not so bad. From a few sensationalistic reports, we have as much chance of understanding what is happening there as the average Indian peasant has of understanding the nuances of the current leadership race within the NZ Labour Party.

    These so-called rape studies are little more than feminist propaganda. The questions are loaded in such a way that if you asked any group of men you would get seemingly shocking statistics —-a lot of what is classified as ‘rape’ is perhaps a slight degree of coercion towards the marriage partner, or not even that, the wife is sleepy and is slightly annoyed when woken up for sex —-that constitutes “rape”.

    Of the Indians I know who live in NZ, they all treat their womenfolk pretty decently, educate them etc. Their rates of sexual offending are certainly no higher than that of Europeans, and probably even a lot less.

    As for East Asians their rates of violent and sexual offending is about 1/4 the European rate, whether it is in NZ, Australia, the US, or Canada.

    Vote: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  15. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The Indians I know are hard-working decent people but the country is backward-looking and hamstrung by prejudices and countless religions and ancient myths. It will take decades, if not centuries, to develop.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  16. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,825 comments) says:

    India is a big country of over billion people. How many New Zealands are born there every year? The yearly Road Toll only is something to behold.

    In other related news, another Coronation Street Star receives a not guilty verdict. Just goes to show that it’s the BBC that holds the sick f…..

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  17. David Garrett (6,952 comments) says:

    Rapes in India to Coronation Street…wow! that’s some leap!!

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  18. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    @Robo

    Yeah we ventured out to Agra from Delhi , people shitting everywhere in front of you , hostile tuk tuk drivers , so we thought we would get right out of the shite and headed to Varanasi where we found more people shitting everywhere and more hostile tuk tuk drivers. India, from what I have seen , is truly a massive open landfill and my lasting impression was that it will be this place that ends up poisoning the entire planet.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  19. Engineer (67 comments) says:

    is truly a massive open landfill and my lasting impression was that it will be this place that ends up poisoning the entire planet.

    I hardly think so. While they may or may not be shitting in their own nest, that will hardly affect anyone outside of India.

    The ecological footprint of the average Indian, with their vegetarian diet etc, is among the smallest in the world, about 1/10th that of the average Westerner.

    I agree that superstitions and their religious cults are likely to be a hindrance to development. That is why China is advancing streets ahead —the communists went in and simply eliminated most of the old feudal superstitions, although some still, unfortunately, remain.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.