A five-year-old student of Class 1 was raped by her 19-year-old cousin.
The girl’s mother said the child was lured by her cousin, Om Pal Giri, to an isolated plot near her house. “When I went looking for her, I saw Om Pal sexually assaulting her. He ran away after I hurled a brick at him,” she said. The family elders reached a compromise and “slapped the man in front of our relatives and allowed him to leave”, said father Mangu Giri.
The girl’s condition deteriorated in school. “We took her to a local doctor. She died by the time we reached district hospital,” her father said.
Ghaziabad Police circle officer Kapil Dev Singh said the family didn’t inform the doctor about the rape. Mangu said, “We didn’t tell anybody as the matter was settled between the families.” [From here]
(Thanks for the link J)
We don’t take women’s lives, and any crimes against women, specially sexual crimes, seriously.
Except when women are suspected to be willing partners.
In Rohtak, Haryana, a 23 year old rapist, out on parole, killed a neighbour over allegations that she was having an affair with his aunt. A crowd of 7000 people collected, nobody called the police, nobody interfered.
When the widowed mother of an 8 year old girl died, the convicted rapist rushed to the house of his 35-year-old aunt Shakuntala, dragged her out and started beating her mercilessly.
Naresh Kumar, the rapist then went to the police and surrendered, saying he had killed the two women to save his family’s honour. [Click here to read more.]
In one case villagers let a convicted rapist talk about honor and in another he was let off with a few slaps.
The first comment below the first article reads – “The parents must be charged for abetting and hiding a criminal offence.”
Then should the village heads in the second case also be charged with abetting and hiding a crime?
What about the rapists? Should they be, along with jail terms – not given some information about why they are in jail?
It doesn’t look like the villagers or the families,or even the police realise that rape is a crime.