Indian Rape Victim’s Death Stirs Grief, Outrage, and Resolve

Indian Rape Victim’s Death Stirs Outrage and Resolve

“The gang rape and death of a young Indian woman has sparked an outpouring of national grief and outrage, and a question: Will the tragedy prompt change, in laws and attitudes toward women, in the world’s largest democracy?”

Rape victim’s death sparks lockdown in India

“…Outrage and protest about the assault escalated violently last week when police used batons, water cannon and tear gas in clashes with hundreds of demonstrators; one policeman died in the protests. Indian authorities, fearing a new wave of demonstrations yesterday, deployed hundreds of policemen to seal off the President’s palace, the Prime Minister’s office and key ministries, which have been the scene of battles between police and civilians. They closed 10 metro stations and banned vehicles from some main roads in the centre of the capital.

Although more than 1,000 people gathered at two locations, the demonstrations were peaceful. In one spot, a wreath studded with white flowers was laid on the road, a candle lit and a silent tribute held for the young woman. Near by, members of a theatre group played small tambourines and sang songs urging society to wake up and end discrimination against women…”

Indian Rape Sparks Gender-Inequality Debate (WSJ video: 3 minutes, 14 seconds)

“The death of the victim of a gang rape in India has set off a fresh wave of national grief and outrage. The WSJ’s Nisha Gopalan [and Deborah Kan] conside[r] whether it could also lead to legal changes to protect women’s rights.”

Indian Women March: ‘That Girl Could Have Been Any One of Us’

For what it reveals, explicitly or implicitly, see here for India’s government on gender statistics and gender (in)equality

5 thoughts on “Indian Rape Victim’s Death Stirs Grief, Outrage, and Resolve

  1. With regard to the crime of rape, I always find it “interesting,” how the historically and globally un-changed Fact of women being the predominant victims of a crime that has always been, and continues today to be perpetrated predominantly by men, nonetheless never gets stated – clearly and dogmatically – in exactly these terms.

    Instead, we have originating from such gender-rebalancing entities as the United Nations and others, this convenient coinage of women “getting” raped; or “being vulnerable” to rape. These mealy-mouth, Male-ego-protective utterances, do little to advance the urgent need for the male-element within global societies to be NAMED, BLAMED and (hopefully) SHAMED for their bestial, sub-human actions.

    Perversely, as long as women – and even the global agencies vested to recoup women’s humanity, CONTINUE to be inadvertently complicit in SHIELDING MEN FROM ASSUMING THE FULL – SINCE FULLY EARNED – WEIGHT OF BLAME & SHAME FOR THEIR SAVAGE ACTS…men will themselves CONTINUE to “participate” in the global conversation on Raping of Women. And to do so with an ironically contrasting degree of PROMINENCE than Men themselves CHOOSE to, and are ALLOWED to by Women, when it comes to ACCEPTING- and more importantly WORKING TO CHANGE their WELL-EARNED REPUTATION as the Sexual Scourge of Women.

  2. Dehli is known as the capital rape city in the world. Sadly, rape is an epidemic, whether it’s East or in the West. As long as issues of entitlement and patriarchy exist and laws that serve men’s interests, then rape will not disappear. I hope that everyone expressses their outrage with this tragic case.

  3. While bearing in mind (the important insights expressed in) chapters 3 and 2 from Uma Narayan’s 1997 book Dislocating Cultures (sad how often reason seems to require this), it is good to see/read the following two pieces, for instance:

    Indian Rape Protests Foretell Feminist Spring

    Delhi rape: What we can learn from the Colombia experience

    And, while recognizing analogues and comparisons at home and around the globe, a few links from the archives:

    India is worse than Pakistan on gender equality

    In India, a struggle for moderation as a young Muslim woman quietly battles extremism

    What explains gender disparities in economic participation in India?

  4. No the rapists of New Delhi should not get the Capital punishment. That would be too easy.
    As in ancient times the organ or limb that was used to perpetrate the crime should be cut and they should live in shame and misery as long as they live.
    I hope their parents are proud of their achievement

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