The 23 year old bus rape victim is in extreme pain, and on ventilator and still very, very critical. She had regained consciousness for a while and conveyed to her parents – who are by her side, that she was in pain. ‘The doctors at Safdarjung hospital say they have never come across a patient with such horrific injuries.’ [Read more at: Link]
One of the rapists claims he lost control because the rape victim was fighting back.
Ram Singh, 33, the prime accused in Sunday’s gang rape, is a volatile man, known among friends as “Mental,” … he lost control …
“When she resisted and bit his hand, he says, he got very angry. Alcohol and the victims’ defiance, made him go berserk. He picked up a rod and hit the two everywhere. His accomplices followed suit,”…
“Initially, he denied everything. But when he began to open up, he chose to divulge each detail, with no repentance… He tried to destroy evidence by washing the bus with confidence and told his accomplices to not worry, and lie low for some time.
…Ram Singh decided to strip the victims completely before throwing them out of the bus to leave no trace of incriminating semen or blood. He also kept their mobiles and switched them off.
If there wasn’t so much public outrage, maybe they would have successfully evaded being arrested?
Take a look at this one line in a link shared on facebook:
According to police, …several gangs … after robbing people, also rape the women so that they don’t approach police. [Link]
I agree with this article, rape is a cultural thing.
Beating them up or sending them to jail don’t work either because more than the desire or testosterone, it is the cultural ideas or social norms that they they have grown up with, which drive them. Our culture should ask them to stop. Or we have to change our culture. [Delhi rape: It’s time men started fighting for women’s rights]
Translates to something like: Women should not be asked to change the way they live, when it’s men who are committing crimes. Like, if men get drunk and attack women, it’s men who should be barred from public spaces, pubs and from drinking.
“My voice is louder than my clothes.”
“My voice is higher than my skirt.”
(Pictures are captures from TV)
Another problem with focusing only on the rape victims (and what she was doing, wearing etc) is that there is no effort to understand that all men are not rapists, and those who are should not be out in public spaces, endangering innocent citizens’ and their families.
I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.
A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. [From: I am Adam Lanza’s Mother]
Delhi gang-rape: Mujhe faansi de do, says accused Pawan (“Hang me.”, says one of the rapists)
Do you think capital punishment for rapes would make Indian women safer?
Rinzu Rajan asked, If not Capital Punishment, then what should be the sentence then if fast track courts come?
These are my first thoughts, would like to hear yours.
Seven years rigorous imprisonment, complete financial compensation for legal and medical expenses to the victim and family, and also fine.
When there is aslo an attempt to kill and physical torture involved then the rapists should be tried for these too (separately),
When there is cheating involved, they should be tried for that;
If there is child sexual abuse involved, they should be charged for that too;
If there is stalking, street sexual harassment etc they should be tried for that.
But each judgment should come very fast, there is no other way to put fear of consequences in such criminals.
I also feel those who make irresponsible statements blaming the victims should be fined.
The police should be instructed to keep their opinions, judgements and chauvinism to themselves, when on duty they should only do what they are being paid to do – investigate and arrest the criminals.
Prominently displayed notices explaining exactly what is to be done when a rape victim approaches the police, should be put up in EVERY chowky, even the smallest, remotest chowky, so the victim (their family and friends), criminals and the police know exactly what to expect, their rights, responsibilities and exact procedures. Media should also publicise this.
This would also mean immediate medical examination of the victim, immediate (within minutes) action to arrest or find the rapists.
Do you think capital punishment for rape would be a better deterrent? Is that what countries where women feel, and are safer are doing?