The ongoing sexual attacks against women in India appear to be continuing. The latest news is that a 17-year-old Indian girl has killed herself following a gang rape. It has been reported that she killed herself by swallowing poison and we can only hope that she was not murdered. Her suicide is tragic but if others had played a part in her death it would not be the first such instance. Having suffered the horror of a rape many young Indian women are deemed worthless. This young woman was found dead on December 26, 2012. Her attack took place in November and one police official has been sacked, plus another suspended over their handling of her case.
The case that first brought rape in India to the forefront of World news though happened on December 16. The young woman who was gang raped and severely beaten is still fighting for her life. She has been transferred to a hospital in Singapore in order to receive the best treatment available. In a statement it was said that she may need an organ transplant and her injuries remain life threatening.
Protesters have taken to the streets in recent days as the situation has escalated. The statistics show that rape in India is all too frequent and a slur on the country. Men have joined the many protesters but of course all too many men in India must think that women's right do not matter.
The latest police tactic to fight the rapists is to publicly name and shame them online. Convicted rapists will have their names, addresses and photographs shown online. In the West this may seem a backward thinking step but at least it is some form of action. The important thing of course will be getting the rapists convicted in the first place.
It is understood that in the case of the teenager who committed suicide her pleas for justice went unanswered. One police officer tried to get her to withdraw her statement. No arrests were made but of course once she had killed herself some arrests have taken place.
Protesters are calling for the death penalty for convicted rapists rather than the life sentences promised. The government has said that it will make changes which have included "police night patrols, checks on bus drivers and their assistants, and the banning of buses with tinted windows or curtains."
The government has also created committees which will look at addressing the failings of police forces and decide the best way to go forward.
Sadly late Friday December 28, GMT, it was announced that the 23-year-old gang rape victim had died in hospital in Singapore.