The Horror Needs to Be Told

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After this horrible rape and murder, there were many protests in India.  We arrived with the first group of students  just weeks afterwards.  The victim was Jyoti Singh, a 23 year old medical student who planned using her life to help and heal others.  She became “India’s Daughter” as people protested. It should not happen to any woman or girl anywhere in India or elsewhere.  The horror of the crime forced  the government to pass a death penalty law and  expedite  the trial.  Now we are hearing from one of the convicted rapists. . . . the bus driver. Education and heart and mind  changes for the public are indeed needed as well as convictions and justice. . . . .swiftly administrated.

F. India

On Death Row, but unrepentant:Delhi gangrape convict says it is the girl’s fault when she was raped. 

by FP Staff  Mar 3, 2015 07:41 IST

#Death row   #Delhi gangrape   #Mukesh Singh   #Rape   #ThatsJustWrong

The horrific Delhi gangrape, in which a 23-year-old medical student was subjected to horrific injury and assault, resulting in her eventual death was widely seen as a wake up call for India on how unsafe women are in India. Even as the 23-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries, people were outraged. The country was suddenly up in arms, politicians shed tears in the Parliament. People wanted justice.
And justice was served. Of the five accused – one was a juvenile – four were given death sentences. Experts on television said that this would serve as an example, a deterrent for rape in country where most sexual assault cases go unreported.
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Since then, we have had the Shakti Mills gangrape case, the horrors of Badaun and most recently the Uber cab rape case, and the horrific Rohtak rape case – one of such brutality that it rivalled even the Delhi rape.
And the biggest example of the fact that quick justice is not the only solution, can be found in a documentary titled India’s daughter by Leslee Udwin.
Udwin traveled to India following the Delhi gangrape, moved by the protests, that she said she perceived as a watershed moment. In her documentary, she tried to answer the question, “Why do men rape?”
“Why do men rape?’ I discovered that the disease is a lack of respect for gender. It’s not just about a few rotten apples, it’s the barrel itself that is rotten”, she told the Guardian in an interview.
One of the people Udwin spoke to was Mukesh Singh — one of the perpatrators of the gruesome Delhi gangrape.
He is on death row, but he is not repentant. Singh, who reflects the mindset of many men in India, blames it on the girl. “A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. You can’t clap with one hand – it takes two hands.”
And if that is sick, be prepared for more. He says, “A decent girl won’t roam around at 9 o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good.”
The Delhi gangrape victim died after 13 days of battling for her life. The media began calling her a ‘braveheart’. She had resisted the rape. And the price she paid for it is well documented. They had inserted an iron bar into her body and pulled out most of her intestines while she was still alive. She underwent five surgeries, where the doctors removed most of her intestines. They said she had suffered serious to her abdomen, genitals and intestines.
Most people in their senses would call what the men did to her inhuman. But according to The Telegraph, Singh described her killing as an ‘accident’ and said such a situation wouldn’t have happened if she didn’t resist. “When being raped, she shouldn’t fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they’d have dropped her off after ‘doing her’, and only hit the boy,” he was quoted as saying.
Let alone remorse, Singh thinks that the death penalty would make rapes worse in India. He warns that now rapists will surely kill the victims. The Telegraph quotes him as saying, “Before, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.”

Your thoughts on this terrible crime. . . . 

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About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to The Horror Needs to Be Told

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    The attitude is infuriating isn’t it? So much work still to be done 😦

    • annetbell says:

      Yes, but I am glad that it is out in the open and being discussed. It was a brave thing for her father to allow her name to be used to maybe prevent another rape.

  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Until all religious mantras are shown up for what they are: absurd fiction, this sort of behaviour will continue. The rest of the world is too politically correct to face this issue head on.

    • annetbell says:

      Oh Oyia, I am curious as to what you are referring to that is religiously oriented in this horrible story. I had no idea that it had anything to do with religion and would be interested to know. Thanks so much for the reblog, my friend!

      • OyiaBrown says:

        In general terms the way women are treated often echos the central message of their religious teachings – particularly Islam, but perhaps less so with Hinduism though: ‘The stated role of women in Hinduism varies from one of equal status with men, to one of restriction in many aspects of life. Elements which determine the role of women in Hinduism include scriptural texts, historical era, location, context within the family and tradition. Some see Hinduism itself as the repressive force.’ The caste system cannot help. Thanks.

  3. Some harsh punishment has to be implemented and made an example of. this has to stop!!!!

  4. reocochran says:

    It is really sad how these things continue to happen in other parts of the world. I wish for the world to be better, to embrace everyone and hold them in respect. It is impossible to really understand the horrors, since i have never been directly in places with this happening. It was hard living through both Civil Rights (and bombings, Ku Klux Klan and other hate crimes) in U.S. and Viet Nam skirmishes. I cannot image this horrible and unrepentant rapist, sometimes I can understand the impulse to put people to death.

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