Protesters took to the streets of India this week as incidencies of rape and attacks against women continued to rise. The tipping point appears to have been the gang rape of a woman on a bus.
Today there are reports that a television reporter has been shot dead by police.
Many women have taken part in this week's protests and calls have been made for rapists to be given the death sentence if tried and found guilty. Whilst the bulk of the protesters have been women, men have joined them in order to express their anger.
Political parties have for once joined forces to condemn the abuse and attacks on women. Even as the protests continued the rape of a child was taking place. A ten-year-old girl was the victim of a gang rape in which she was killed last Wednesday. Her body was recovered from a canal where she had been dumped.
The 23-year-old woman who was the victim of last Sunday's gang rape remains in hospital. Her rape appears to have come from the stupidity of drunken males. Their premise that only a prostitue would choose to travel on a bus with males at night led to her rape. She had been travelling with her boyfriend when a row erupted.
According to RT the boyfriend was bdaly beaten and the woman was raped several times, sliced with a knife, beaten with an iron rod and dumped on a fly-over. Six men were travelling on the bus.
Two of the attackers are still free but the four arrested will now face justice. Many in India want that to be the death penatly which altough still legal in India is not usually meted out for rape.
If you want to get an idea of the scale of rape in India here are some statistics. Police have stated that 572 rapes were reported in Delhi last year, and 635 so far in 2012. There will be many more that are never reported. In many of these male dominated countries it is easier to not report rape.
The news that a person has been killed follows another rape. This time it was an Indian actress Momoko. She wants her name to be reported rather than remain just another anonymous rape victim. This is brave of her and could be what is needed to try and address the violence.
She was reportedly dragged from stage last week and subjected to an attack by an armed militant. He attempted to rape her in full view but she bravely fought him off.
Violent protests followed in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state yesterday, leading to a curfew. The protests resumed today and inevitably became violent. The 36-year-old reporter was killed when he was shot by police.
There have been appeals from all sides for calm. There have also been allegations that the protests have been highjacked by "rent a mob".
The protesters are concentrating on areas around government buildings. The government has promised to do all it can but those protesting do not believe that they will.
If you need more facts and figures to convince you that the situation is dire, SkYNews reported that: "National crime records show that 228,650 of the total 256,329 violent crimes recorded last year were against women. Delhi has been dubbed the rape capital of India with government figures showing the number of rapes in the city rising 17% to 661 this year."