Friday, September 13, 2013

Blog 1: New Delhi Gang Rape Case

On December 16, 2012 a young woman of the age of 23 was brutally ganged raped by 4 individuals. They young woman left that day to see a movie with a male friend. After the movie she got onto a bus with her friend to go back home. On the bus there were four drunk men. After dragging her to the back of the bus they began beating her male friend. Each of the men took turns raping her and using other objects to violate her to the point where she had to have some internal organs removed. This entire act was happening while the bus was still moving in route. The young woman died two weeks after the incident. The four individuals were arrested immediately. One of the four men was place in a juvenile correction facility for 3 years. On the other hand the other three men received their sentencing this week. All three received life in prison; though the victim’s family and prosecutors asked for the death penalty. Many individuals protested during the trail and wanted the men to be executed but, the judge verdict overruled.

This is a social problem not just in India but all across the world. The article states “According to Indian government statistics, a woman is raped every 22 minutes on average.” Rape is a major crime that is sometimes pushed under the rug. Many individuals who are raped keep that information to themselves instead of reporting the crime.  Safe Horizon states “In 2010 there was 188,380 reports of rape and/or sexual assault in the US.” Which make you wonder how many have been ignored or not reported. The young woman in the article received justice but what is India doing to protect the other victims who are being assaulted every 22 minutes? Woman all over the world are raped and though some survive many die and the results of the crime effect not only the victim but the individuals who committed the act. The world tells woman to view men as being strong, protectors and fighters but, those same men who are supposed to protect woman are hurting woman. Though society frowns upon this crime it is also unspoken a lot of the time.

Jasmine Lea

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