Gang rape as a punishment for dating outside the village

January 25th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

This is like something from the 1500s. Can not believe it could happen in 2014. Stuff reports:

A 20-year-old woman in eastern India was gang-raped by 13 men on the orders of a village court as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community, a senior police officer says.

The woman, who is now recovering in hospital, told police she was assaulted by the men on the night of January 20 in Birbhum district in West Bengal.

Police said that her male companion was tied up in the village square, while the assault on the woman happened in a mud house.

“We arrested all the 13 men, including the village chief who ordered the gang . The accused have been produced in court which remanded them to jail custody,” Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police, C. Sudhakar, said.

I’m tempted to suggest that the 13 men should face gang rape as their own punishment, but of course two wrongs do not make a right, even if there would be an element of karma in it.

I don’t know much about the Indian penal code, but hopefully the village chief can be sent away for 15+ years, which would send a message to others.

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18 Responses to “Gang rape as a punishment for dating outside the village”

  1. adze (2,059 comments) says:

    It’s terrible. And I hope the village elder is put away as you suggest.

    India is in a bad situation, though. They have a huge, impoverished and rustic population, it’s a statistical likelihood that a few cases like this appear every year, giving that country a bad name. It might be occasionally happening in the more remote parts of China too, but their media is more controlled.

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  2. OneTrack (2,966 comments) says:

    It’s their culture. Diversity is always good. Right?

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  3. kowtow (8,138 comments) says:

    West Bengal? Good chance they’re from the religion of peace and tolerance,which would go a long way to explaining the “legal” approach here.

    Fisk says this stuff is done by other religions too but hey, he would.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-the-crimewave-that-shames-the-world-2072201.html

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  4. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    Are you referring to India in 1500 or the Late Middle Ages? Christophobia aside, I defy any person to point to any Medieval society that would have tolerated this.

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  5. BeaB (2,104 comments) says:

    Ghastly but when you look at the shabby, filthy culprits and their village they are obviously poor, ignorant and probably illiterate. Their lives are squalid and primitive and so are their beliefs.

    I read somewhere that India will have 1 million young people entering the workforce EVERY MONTH for the next twenty years.

    These benighted villages one hopes will disappear but, in the meantime, women and girls will continue to suffer everywhere superstition and cruel religions hold sway.

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  6. SGA (982 comments) says:

    kowtow at 8:58 am

    West Bengal? Good chance they’re from the religion of peace and tolerance,which would go a long way to explaining the “legal” approach here.

    No.

    BeaB at 10:11 am

    Ghastly but when you look at the shabby, filthy culprits and their village they are obviously poor, ignorant and probably illiterate. Their lives are squalid and primitive and so are their beliefs.

    Yes, from what I can tell.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adivasi

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  7. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    It’s their culture.

    PG is convinced it is our culture too !

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  8. dirty harry (446 comments) says:

    I’ve been to India ( and a few other countries ), its the dirtiest hell hole on the planet with the most disgusting inhabitants I’ve ever come across. You wouldn’t send your dog there. It really is as bad as it gets in all respects.

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  9. big bruv (13,672 comments) says:

    While some might claim that it is their “culture” I have no doubt that their religious beliefs will be behind any justification they managed to conjure up in their own simple minds.

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  10. SGA (982 comments) says:

    big bruv at 11:05 am

    While some might claim that it is their “culture” I have no doubt that their religious beliefs will be behind any justification they managed to conjure up in their own simple minds.

    If you think you can separate those two things, then you are braver and smarter person than me.

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  11. kowtow (8,138 comments) says:

    Racists ,the lot of you…..before you go off all high and mighty about this thing happening in India, well it happens in England too!

    Strange that,innit?

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10057543/Asian-grooming-gang-convicted-of-appalling-acts-of-depravity-on-children.html

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  12. PaulL (6,015 comments) says:

    In one sense this is an outlier, India’s a big country, and like any country is has a percentage of crime. On the other side, India does have poor treatment of women, and therefore the percentage of crimes against women is a lot higher than in more western countries. Education and increasing wealth will deal with some of that over time, as will hopefully the skewed ratio of men to women (i.e. if there aren’t enough women to go around, eventually they’ll have more bargaining power).

    Ultimately I think an event like this was an opportunity for 13 men to have sex with a 20 year old women. Sure, they may cover it up with some excuse that they were punishing her, but basically they just made up an excuse so they could gang rape her. It’s not really anything to do with culture or religion, they did it because they thought they could get away with it. The only solution to that is to make sure they don’t get away with it, so that others don’t think the same.

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  13. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Thank goodness that our indigenous culture respects women and lets them take front place in any forum! :)

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  14. dirty harry (446 comments) says:

    @kowtow

    that’s why we must resist at all cost ” those sort ” being allowed into our country..they are feral scum, but once the gates open…

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  15. chiz (1,132 comments) says:

    Some background to this case.

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  16. secondcumming (92 comments) says:

    And who can blame Wellington club owner Neil Andrews for thinking and acting the way he does. eh?

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  17. Engineer (67 comments) says:

    Who cares how women are treated in India. Not our business.

    How different nations evolve socially, morally, ethically etc is their own fucking business.

    Western ‘values’ include pornography, gay marriage, and the worst abomination of all gay adoption of children.

    To most of the rest of the world, this, particularly the last one would make us look pretty fucking sick.

    Of course when Indians come here then they should respect the laws here —which by and large they do. The Asian rape rate in NZ is about 1/3rd the white rate.

    Wellington club owner Neil Andrews for thinking and acting the way he does. eh?

    I cannot imagine the behaviour of the Indian men to be any worse than the behaviour of white men towards Asian women throughout South East Asia, and even places like Hong Kong.

    White men act like complete lechers when around Asian women, pawing them all over —-fucking dirty cunts.

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  18. adze (2,059 comments) says:

    “White men act like complete lechers when around Asian women, pawing them all over —-fucking dirty cunts.”

    Well I guess since we’re not judging how women are treated in various countries, we shouldn’t judge the actions of people in “white” countries either, eh, Zhumao?

    There are lechers in every country, as I’m sure you’re aware, notwithstanding your closet racism.

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