Gang Rape in India

by catherinefournier on Janvier 26, 2014 - 6:30pm

This week a woman in New Delhi was violently attacked because she decided to marry someone who did not belong to the same community. The chief of her village said that the young couple was breaking the rules and forced them to pay a fine of  27,000 rupees (it equals to $442 US.). The woman’s family did not pay the fine which lead to the chief ordering the villagers to “enjoy her”, as written in the article "Village Council in India Accused of Ordering Rape" published in the New York Times. She was raped multiple times in the chief’s hut.

Sadly, it is not the first time something like this happens in New Delhi, India. In December 2012, a case became known worldwide : a 23 year old woman was victim of a gang rape in a public bus.

Crime against women in India are frequent, there has been a few cases in which sexual violence was used. It is shocking how women live in such difficult conditions, and in fear. Some politicians believe that the victims are lying about their incident so they are not taken seriously. Therefore, women who have the courage to report their crime are not even considered sincerly. These acts raised awareness and new laws, but nothing to improve clearly the safety of women in the country. Safety should not be based on gender, women should feel as safe as men everywhere they go.

The safety of women in India needs to be improved. People around the world need to know what is happening there and raise awareness around them. Also, laws need to be enforced  in order to change the situation. A petition, a protestation, anything to make sure everyone is aware of the problem to change the destiny of women in New Delhi. We need to help because safety is essential to ones life. 

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