‘Angry Mob cut off man’s sensual organ for attempting rape of a girl.’

Do you think this (and similar such acts of mob violence) empower women? Maybe by putting fear of consequences into the hearts of potential rapists?

Angry Mob cut off man’s sensual organ for attempting rape of a girl

The incident took place in the Indian city Ganganagar when locals there found Suresh Kumar attempting the rape of teenager in a cornered street.

After been caught on spot, the man was dragged on streets by angry mob and then he was taken to a butcher’s shop where he was beaten with sticks for an hour.

They then hacked off his penis with a meat cleaver and dumped the remains in the middle of the road, leaving his beaten and bloody body nearby.

The group of people who did this was having a viewpoint that “It was a punishment for a sex crime – if you do it, you will be punished like this.”

I see it as a dangerous precedence.

Because if this is found acceptable then why would any criminal bother to commit a legal and social offence? Won’t they kill in similar acts of Public Outrage?

Normal, sane, civilised people and children should not be encouraged to view such acts of mob violence as ‘justice’.

Tolerance towards such acts of Mob Violence creates easy opportunities for the unscrupulous.

And also, we don’t really know what actually happened. Please note – many Indians view consensual sex outside marriage as rape. We have no concept of ‘consent’ [link]. (The age of the teenager is not mentioned, was she a minor?)

Let’s say the crowd really saw the crime take place and knew without doubt that the man was trying to sexually assault the victim and that it was quite certainly not an act of consensual sex – they should still have handed the man to the police and the survivor should have been provided counselling and support.

Was she hurt, or traumatised or blamed? How is she coping?

What we need is certainty of punishment, faster trials and support for survivors and their families. What we need to take a very strong stand against is any acts of Mob Violence.

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By lodging a complaint the girl would get undue publicity and that would adversely affect her marriage prospect.

And this is not the solution:

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What exactly are we fighting against? First the crime should be understood:

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Yet another rape that was not about lust but about aggression, revenge and putting the victim in her place.

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The only thing that will work – take the crime seriously. Which begins with understanding the crime. Who rapes? Why have they no fear? How can they be controlled?

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Those charged with our safety should have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.

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59 thoughts on “‘Angry Mob cut off man’s sensual organ for attempting rape of a girl.’

      • I would recommend that they should be punished in the same way as they harmed their victims! Those who burn a woman alive/throw acid/chop off the nose should have the same thing done to them!


        • Hi Usha, I understand that your reaction stems from your frustration with the inefficiency of our legal process in punishing criminals swiftly and adequately, but there are 2 things that I feel is wrong with this kind of mob reaction.

          1. The person who is being punished may be wrongly accused and may not be the actual culprit. In such a case, this would be a serious miscarriage of justice. This is why we need due process.
          2. What you are talking about is revenge, not justice. Revenge brings us down to the level of the criminal. I would feel a lot better if our society and government were more civilized than the criminals we are trying to punish.

          You can look around the world at the countries which you consider more civilized and at the countries which you consider less civilized. You can see where the rule of law is prevalent and where mob justice is prevalent. This will give you an idea as to the direction where this reaction will take our country.

          The concept of mob justice encourages more people to be violent in their reactions. I don’t believe that encouraging more people to be violent leads to a safer society.

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        • Satish.. I am not actually clear about what is right and what is wrong in this case. but your point ‘You can look around the world at the countries which you consider more civilized and at the countries which you consider less civilized.’ makes complete sense!! I will remember that while forming my opinions..


  1. Right or wrong, it’s not so easy to pass a judgment. In absolute moral and legal terms, one might say it is wrong; nothing can justify taking the law into one’s hand. But a crime like rape is a complex mix of moral, social and legal issues. It is a vicious circle.

    Consider these points:
    1. The public hands over the rapist to the police. The rapist gets bail and is let free on society.
    2. The case goes to the court and the case drags on for years. The rapist gets 3 years or 7 years at max? If he kills her like Nirbhaya was, he gets the death penalty which takes years to be put into effect, while he goes from court to court and finally appeals to the President. If he is a minor, he gets away lightly, no matter what the extent of his crime.
    3. Even worse, some kangaroo court decides that ‘justice’ will be done if the rapist marries the victim, thus making her a ‘respectable’ woman.
    3. The victim is blamed – doubts of whether it was really a rape or a case of consensual sex. The victim has a choice: live out her life ‘respectably’ as the ‘wife’ of the rapist or live a life of blame and shame.
    4. The victim dies, the rapist still does say 7 to 14 years max with possibility of getting out for good behaviour. He gets on with life and the incident is soon forgotten.
    6. The victim lives on and lives with a stigma unless she goes to some place where no one knows her or her history.
    7. Fears of what would happen if the death penalty were imposed on rapists – they might start killing the victims – prevents the lawmakers from taking any draconian measures.
    8. The rapists have nothing to fear. They get to spend a few years behind bars getting free food and clothing (no matter what the quality). So there is nothing to prevent them from indulging their perverted desires.
    9. Women in society still have to live in fear – in a society which still does not understand they are the victims, not the perpetrators; a society which fears and lets off the perpetrator and punishes the victim.

    In each of these scenarios, who is the guilty and who bears the consequences? Any which way, women are still in a no-win situation. Only episodes like this, or better still total social boycott of rapists would do anything to alter the existing state of affairs. Frankly, I have no sympathy for the man. He got what he asked for.

    In each of these scenarios, who is the punished? Who gets away with the crime?

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    • What if this man was not a rapist, if the teenager was above the age of consent and the act was consensual?

      Rapists could use the same kind of punishment to a Rape Survivor’s male relatives (with false accusations) to silence a rape survivor.


      • It is not that I don’t see your point. I only wonder how we ensure that effective and deterrent punishments are brought in to stop such crimes. As it seems now, we are appalled at the way rapists get away, the victims are blamed, but then we are also too scared to bring in strong laws to ensure that people think twice before they go out and commit such crimes. We want justice, but we are scared of justice, because it is likely to boomerang on – hold your breath – women and their families once again.

        I would really be interested to know how you would suggest the problem of rape is dealt with.


        • I don’t think the problem is with laws – but the way society(and it includes our police, politicians , all of us) treats the victims and the accused. once we ensure our perception of sex crimes/criminals/victims is clear, the very same laws and machinery can prove to be effective.

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      • As for the possibility of this being consensual sex, well, we come back to the issue of patriarchy, the girl not having the spine to stand up and voice her consensus for fear of consequences in a patriarchal society. So yes, patriarchy is at the root of what the alleged rapist faced in this case – either way.


        • @Swatiaiyer,

          We don’t have to go far in past just in the previous post a married man has an affair with unattached women (single/divorcee) and then has the audacity to threaten her he’ll out her if she breaks up with him. He definitely knows there are no worth consequences for him while she has a lot to loose in a society that judges women left and right.
          Till men know they can get away with anything they do to women and till women know they’ll be judged and stigmatized no matter what this game of power and control will play…

          What is the remedy?
          The remedy is to challenge every gender stereotype and stand up against victim shaming and stigmatization only then we can assure victims will have the courage to stand up in the court. If the police and courts are delaying and harassing the victim then we as friends, neighbors and concerned will have to stand up for them.

          Mob justice is not going to help in a grudge hungry society where egos fly high and people act on rumors.

          Desi Girl


        • @DesiGirl: What exactly does the divorced woman have to lose if her affair with this married man comes out in public ? Worst case she wouldn’t be able to remarry. She would still be able to work and take care of herself. So, I don’t understand how the world is too unfair to her. I mean if the married man’s wife gets to know about it, he stands to loose a lot, including his marriage and his property if his wife decides to divorce him. How is her situation too worse ?


      • All this will continue to happen with greater and greater incidence unless the Legal system wakes up from its slumber and starts taking quick and appropriate action.
        After all, we can’t allow criminals to go about fearlessly and with heads high while women are ostracised! So the Indian Law should either become more duty conscious and efficient, or let both parties -the man’s and woman’s supporters -fight it out among themselves. Phil Jo hoga so hoga!


      • I don’t know why you write as if you are ‘ The Devil’s Advocate’; but ok, if you are satisfied and complacent with the sort of ‘ punishment’ rapists like those in Nirbhaya case, esp. the Juvenile ‘Small’ offender,have got,which is not rigorous imprisonment, to call it ‘rotting in jail’, but ‘enjoying his stay in jail with free Roti, Kapda and Shelter’, and insist on being kind and talking sweetly about them, no matter how severe and perverse there crime, then well, let the things continue as at present, and let him paint and assault Gopis while the raped women suffer in agony or commit suicide!

        After all, patriarchal tradition believes that women are meant to bear their insults and suffering in isolation and shame only,without retaliating, which is amply proved by the recent case of hanging of the Iranian woman, who killed the man attacking her to defend her honour ! That is their ‘fate’.’Aurat Teri Yehi Kahaani’! And our responsibility towards them ends with expressing Lip sympathy towards them,
        while we firmly believe the man’s sexual integrity is his birthright and we should not let him sustain even a scratch on his sacred ‘linga’ (glorified by the Shaivite theology), never mind if he keeps on inflicting gross and irreversible injuries on the genital organs of a woman!

        I feel that those women talking as you do should be given the task and duty of rehabilitating at least one grievously injured rape victim and her family, to strip you of your undue sympathy for rapists!


  2. This is scary. I am all for punishing the accused – but mob justice is just isn’t right.. Besides the fact that there is a probability (however small it may be) that the accused might be innocent (in this case or any other case), this notion of justice is just barbaric.


  3. These rapists should be given severe punishments. But how could everyone just see that the man was really trying to rape her? At the most, he would have been beaten severely and handed over to the police. But what the mob did was barbaric. They themselves committed a grave crime. There is a possibility that in future they will give this treatment to a person who was just getting cosy with a girl with her consent or he would have even been framed by a girl for some revenge.


  4. I found this incident horrifying. If the man is proven guilty he should be punished according to the the legal system, and the girl should be given needed support. It’s not up to a ribald mob to play judge, jury, and executioner. In the comments section of the articles I read, whoever said the law should have prevailed got more thumps downs than ups. I find it alarming that a large number of people think it is fine to strip, beat up and mutilate a man in public. Doesn’t the constitution guarantee the right to a fair trial? Why were so many people keen on photographing and videotaping the incident ? The man is not yet convicted and his picture is flashed all over the world. Has the man or the girl given their side of the story? Outrage should not blind people from hearing both sides. Like IHM pointed out, what if an unscrupulous individual tries to turn public opinion against an innocent person to settle a score? It takes as little as a false rumor or placing a stolen object among someone’s belongings to turn the tide against them.

    I feel the first people who jump to beat up a suspect are not really moral crusaders, but most likely sadists who are looking for an opportunity to hurt someone. Anyways, whoever did this heinous act should be punished, and I hope this does not set a dangerous precedent.


  5. There are several problems with mob justice. As well as innovative legal punishments. For example, some lawmakers have suggested legal castration for rapists. We have the following issues:

    1. What if the accused is a woman? Since the law can’t have different punishments for males and females, we need a uniform procedure for both. How do you castrate a woman?

    2. No scaling – our law has harsher prison times for more serious cases. Like rape with a deadly weapon. Rape by abusing authority. Rape of a minor. Rape with narcotics etc etc. How does mob justice or special legal punishments serve this purpose? Castration is castration – you can have “a little more of” or “a little less” of it!

    3. As IHM mentions, what if the person is innocent? Mob justice is a travesty since people will impose a punishment on whatever THEY think is wrong. Tomorrow a mob will burn someone for defaming their gods and claim that it’s “mob justice”. Where does it end?

    There is a good reason why we have a procedure and a standard scalable form of punishment with prison time and fines. The problem in India is not that these are insufficient. The problem in India is that the courts take so damn long to convict an accused!

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  6. That was brutal and we have no way of knowing if the sex was consensual or rape. Who know, what mobs can be utilized for tomorrow?

    At the same time, things have come to this state because our institutions repeatedly failed the people and people do not have faith. If the judicial system was swift and effective, people would not do this because they know he will be punished AND they would also be punished.


  7. I do not know if the victim [of the butchering] was guilty or not. Considering he was guilty, I am quite frankly, pleased with this news. The reason being this would create a deterrent effect and that is the only way such people can be stopped.


  8. These mob behaved like sick Taliban people to do this barbaric act. They should asked both the accused and the girl about the matter. Why there is no mention of what the girl said? Hss she confirmed that the man actually tried to rape her?


  9. It is condemnable act.

    Same mob put couples on fire for having love marriage. Same mob rapes women for justice remember Kolkata Rape Case. Same mob assaulted girl in Guwahati. Mob justice means complete anarchy.

    This so called justice loving people should have gone to Police. Filled FIR. All of them should have became witness in the case. They should have done follow up for justice and judicial process. But they fulfilled their barbaric authority.


    • “Same mob put couples on fire for having love marriage. Same mob rapes women for justice remember Kolkata Rape Case. Same mob assaulted girl in Guwahati.”

      I agree. We give our ‘Okay’ to the mob against the rapist. Next the mob takes on the “lovers who went against Indian culture”, “the other religion people who defiled our Gods”, etc. Once you let loose a mad bull, there’s no telling what it’s going to destroy.

      It takes us backward, not forward. We are already dealing with a lot of anarchy and the last thing we need is mob violence in India.


  10. It all partly depends on whether you think that the justice system should be focused towards punishment or rehabilitation. Personally, I think swift persecution and then rehabilitation while in prison. Some people must never get out, of course, but most people can be brought to realise that they are wrong and can do better.

    But most of all, don’t raise sex criminals. As a society, we find all forms of sexual molestation and sexual control acceptable, but when it comes down to rape (mind you, rape only of other people’s property – meaning someone else’s daughter or wife, not your own), then you act like this. It’s illogical, to say the least. Then, there is the concept of “consensual rape” as well. None of it is conducive to a healthy sex-crime-free society and everything must be rooted out at its source.

    At any rate, an extra-judiciary mob act of vengeance is NEVER right. It is just a further symptom of the deterioration of our society.

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    • I agree with most of what you said but maybe because I’m an optimist I feel a ray of hope that people feel attempted rape is worth getting agitated over rather than see a sign of deterioration of society. I’m not saying vigilante justice is acceptable. I’m saying that at least there’s hope because people are losing their patience with the current state of affairs. Hopefully we can channel this anger in the right direction.


        • See, there are three aspects to this issue.

          One is the act of mob justice. We all need to agree that it’s wrong.

          The second consideration is the fit of the punishment. You can’t expect rational thought from an angry mob. You can’t even expect that someone would consider guilt and innocence. So you can’t extrapolate what .would happen for other crimes.

          The most important side of this incident to me is the fact that a mob formed and reacted at all. It’s still about patriarchy and protecting “their” women. But there’s an awakening that the rapist is wrong. This was never true before. Earlier it was always about putting more restrictions on women. Crowds would gather to watch. Today people are slowly waking up to the fact that we need to deter rape and not cover the women. That’s a huge shift in thinking.

          This doesn’t mean things will change overnight. It also doesn’t mean people will stand up for all rights of women. It doesn’t mean victim blaming will stop. People don’t react to core issues. They only react to perceived injustice. In this case people were fed up that the state of our country is such that a girl couldn’t walk outside in broad daylight without someone trying to rape her.


  11. IMO Totally wrong. Mob justice is not a done hong in a sane democracy. Today it’s him, tomorrow it could be you. There are courts for a reason. Sure they are inefficient but we need to fix that not go the way of mob anarchy.


    • How is this relevant to the discussion? There has been a lot of discussion on Sunanda Pushkar’s death but there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. What have feminists got to do with it? That said, there was a discussion on this blog on the topic. You can trawl through the archives if you are so interested on what feminists have to say on the matter.


  12. I think there is a lot of genuine frustration in the country. Look at the Nirbhaya case. Will these guys convicted, assigned the death penalty ever get hanged? Seriously? If you think of what they did to her and how much pain and agony she endured and how she died, and why are the courts so lethargic with these criminals?

    Despite the above situation, this mob justice is still wrong. Here is how the logic falls apart. Human beings have a tendency to opt for B when A fails, with A and B being opposites. (Example – “I was really lenient with my child, I let him get away with everything, and he failed all his tests. Now, I’m going to crack the whip (literally), beat him if he doesn’t study, humiliate him, destroy his self esteem, starve him if needed, until he becomes a star student.”)

    Along the same lines, “if procrastination and a lethargic court system fails, then resort to mob violence” Unfortunately, swinging from one extreme to the other is wrong. Both are extremes and both are still bad. If things are working out badly (rape victims get no justice), we can’t fix it by doing something else that’s equally bad (mob violence). We still need to strive for C, the sensible solution

    If we are frustrated that rapists are getting away, we should be doing the following
    – mobilize public opinion and pressurize the courts toward swift justice (create and participate in volunteer organizations that engage in protests, mass demonstrations)
    – talk about unresolved rape cases on the media, invite politicians and put them on the spot, ask for resolution dates
    – actively educate people about rape culture (it is NOT the victim’s fault!)
    – actively talk about women’s rights (esp the right to public safety)
    – stand up for women in public spaces – on buses, trains, on streets, scream and yell at people who harass women
    – encourage the reporting of crimes – be there for the friend/neighbor/relative who was raped
    – public shaming of criminals
    – as a society, change our patriarchal mindset (rape is a crime of power, not sex, rape is often entitlement over the weaker members in the hierarchy, rape happens when there is opportunity, not because the rapist can’t control himself, rape is often premeditated and receives support before and after the crime. BEFORE in the form of collusion between friends, talk of revenge, AFTER in the form of ‘understanding and support’ for criminals and victim blaming.)


    • I totally agree with you, if we were living in a civilized society and if things functioned as they should. In normal circumstances, I would not support mob justice or even the death penalty or any extreme punishment by courts.

      I totally agree, that we need to change the patriarchal mindset of society, thus changing their attitude towards rape victims. That would be the rational and sensible way of eliminating a disease, in this case crime. However, that is going to take decades, if not centuries. How do we prevent this crime? I just wonder what steps can we take to stop women from being humiliated and brutalized this way day in and day out till such time as patriarchy is defunct?

      Yes, the man could be innocent. It could have been a case of consensual sex. No one can deny those possibilities. But the same arguments could be extended in any case taken to court – it is not as if innocents don’t run the risk of being framed. For that matter what about the rape victims? Are they not innocent? Are they not suffering life long while the person responsible for the crime gets away with it?

      This mob attack is yet another manifestation of the patriarchal mindset, except that it is a man who is at the receiving end this time round. Why did the mob bother? Because they might be afraid that this could happen to a woman relative of theirs at some point of time. Fear and anger. I am only going by the assumption that the man was guilty.

      The other question that comes to mind, is what kind of deterrent punishment can courts come out with till such time as our society becomes more civilized and safer for women? Obviously, the existing laws and punishments are not deterrent enough. Any talk of stronger punishment and there is a fear of the backlash of those. So eventually, we are looking at a situation where nothing changes until something changes i.e. after decades.


      • Hi Swati, yes it’s frustrating, no doubt about it, to watch criminals get away.

        “Obviously, the existing laws and punishments are not deterrent enough. Any talk of stronger punishment and there is a fear of the backlash of those.”
        The existing laws and punishments that we have are appropriate. The problem is the process and the spirit in which they’re implemented. A case that should close in 3 to 6 months is taking years and still no closure. We don’t need harsher punishments, we need the existing punishments to take place within a reasonable time of the conviction so that criminals and would-be criminals see the direct link between crime and punishment. Voters need to make law enforcement a top priority. We get carried away with rocket launches without having the basics in place. Voters waking up and demanding basics will help – this will happen only through constant discussions in media, public pressure, street demonstrations, etc.

        “How do we prevent this crime?”
        The number 1 thing we need is public safety. Why the heck are people watching when some guy is touching/pinching/rubbing himself against a woman? What happened to their anger then? Even when the woman is angry and yells (as in the recent case), no one supported her. Let’s start with that. Let’s say a big loud NO to street sexual harassment.
        The number 2 thing is – many rapes also happen within the family structure – these crimes go unreported to protect family honor. We prevent these by building awareness that this is a crime not to be hushed up. Even public shaming will deter such crimes.


        • “Voters need to make law enforcement a top priority. We get carried away with rocket launches without having the basics in place. Voters waking up and demanding basics will help – this will happen only through constant discussions in media, public pressure, street demonstrations, etc.”

          You nailed it on the head!

          “We prevent these by building awareness that this is a crime not to be hushed up.”

          Agree with you in toto, but this is going to take eons. This will be the real solution not only to this crime, but to any crime and human attitudes in general. What we need in that long “interim” period is something effective – all the better if that is something like effective implementation of laws – to scare the **** out of these rapists and potential rapists and in fact out of all misogynists.


  13. “Do you think this (and similar such acts of mob violence) empower women? Maybe by putting fear of consequences into the hearts of potential rapists?”

    As much as rape was supposed to establish subservience in a woman.

    Not the right thing to do, I don’t care how much time our systems take, how bad they are – two wrongs don’t make anything right.


  14. This incident is certainly not an ideal way of punishing a rapist, but it is all happening because our legal system, including the Police and the courts are not prompt and strict in meting out justice, and people have lost faith in it. It IS wrong for the common man and public to take the Law in own hands, but one good result of it, if the judicial system sees it as the outcome of frustration of the common citizen at the snail-pace legal system, may be that the Law may realise the serious need of their being speedy in disposal of all types of crimes, besides rape! Iske Siva unke Petka Paani Nani hilega!

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  15. People are frustrated with how rapes and sexual crimes are dealt with daily ! Politicians are still not taking rapes seriously if one goes by their famous remarks !
    Its likely this type of mob justice is not going to become a trend or remain one off incident ,….men will not castrate other men for justice for women !
    Acid throwing is a horrific crime which is happening quite frequently in India and for a long time yet nothing has been done about it !
    Public knows that law makers are lethargic,money oriented and legal system is pathetic !Witnesses can be bought,or silenced ,where will poor and lower middle class go !
    I hope this incident becomes publicised and men come to know that this could happen to them too !


  16. Such brutality is not acceptable and will not solve any real problem.. If the mob found some problem they should have taken the accused to the police station, filed a complaint and be witnesses..


  17. An eye for an eye makes sure your other eye stays safe. That’s the latest dictum in case you missed it. I am sure you have read The Godfather where The Don says that people will resort to such acts of barbarism is justice for a crime takes longer than to commit the crime. And in a country like India, where justice can be bought (read: bail), where justice is doled out only after a nationwide protest (read: Nirbhaya), then there is no other way that to fight for our own safety. Its very easy to say that this is not right, but it would not be what would be in your mind if you (or your near ones) was raped. As for this being used as an excuse for the rapists to commit crime, they don’t need an excuse other than the farce that we have in the name of a judicial system. That’s their biggest excuse, their biggest alibi. Righteousness works well in fiction, not in real life where even 3 year old are raped, we need “Gangajal” and not a lesson in righteousness.


    • Please do not forget that the Taliban was initially very popular with the people. People were tired of the Mujahudeen groups constantly fighting each other and their atrocities. Taliban came to the rescue of the people with their shoot first ask questions later tactics. Look where it has landed Afganisthan. An entire generation of people got left behind. Many people have not gone to school, even basic school while war was raging in the country. Their grandparents are more educated than them.
      There are many more examples of “rescuing forces” taking over the country in times of crisis only to destroy it further – look in South America, the Middle East. The forces of change, in this case, first resorted to violence for a ‘good cause’. Later they got so using violence to solve problems, they used it to suppress their critics, their opposers, anyone who stood in their way to power. They used violence to suppress public opinion and democratic ideals.
      Let us be VERY CAREFUL what path we choose. We can be reckless and the country will be destroyed beyond recognition.


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  19. ‘sensual organ”? wtf.

    Mob justice isn’t ever justified. I guess they did it because of everyone’s underlying resentment towards the apathy of the legal & justice systems. I don’t think violence of any kind is justified though.

    What we need are massive reforms in the judicial and legal systems. That will probably take the longest time, if it ever happens.

    Sometimes it seems that the best way out is to immigrate and get the hell out of here. :/

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  20. It is very complicated. I feel as though if the law and justice system would DO THEIR JOB by protecting women they these things would not happen. Instead the mob would feel confident to hand them over to the police and the courts.
    The police system, lacking women officers itself, is practically a bunch of goons. One of my friend’s parents was sexually assaulted at a police station. Or what about the victim from the Shakti Mills case, being badgered by the defense lawyers and harassed?
    Link: https://in.news.yahoo.com/that-hashtag-was-my-colleague-060844991.html

    What about the most violent of the Delhi rapists, who is now sitting well-fed and plumpy in “rehab” where he is enjoying painting gopi’s? And he will be released to the public in a matter of months and nobody has seen his face!
    Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/juvenile-rapist-in-2012-new-delhi-assault-now-paints-and-cooks-at-correction-home/2014/08/31/1af8a383-1100-4305-b59b-8259784debf0_story.html

    I don’t believe in mob justice. I think an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. I don’t believe in castration, as the rapists can still rape with some foreign object. What rapists need is to be thrown away in jail to rot, without ever the chance of victimizing again.


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