Delhi gang-rape victim cremated amid national anger against sexual abuse
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Delhi gang-rape victim cremated amid national anger against sexual abuse

New Delhi : India | Dec 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM PST
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Delhi gang rape and murder triggers grief and anger across India

The New Delhi gang-rape victim who passed away Saturday at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore was flown home and cremated at a private ceremony on Sunday. The bestial rape of this 23-year-old medical student has triggered nationwide protests since she was attacked on a moving bus in Delhi.

The victim was ferried in a private plane from Singapore and cremated away from public attention at the request of her distraught parents.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, leader of the ruling Congress Party, went to the airport to console the parents as they landed at the Delhi International Airport with their daughter’s body.

The body of the deceased was later taken to Dwarka amid heavy security and then cremated. The ceremony was attended by the victim’s family, a few of her neighbors and some of India’s top political leaders. Media were not allowed to broadcast the proceedings.

On the other side, Delhi and other parts of India experienced silent street protests and candlelit vigils. Over the past two weeks, the brutal rape of the girl has galvanized the nation on the question of safety and security of women in the streets of Delhi and the rest of the country.

Six men have been arrested for the rape, and Delhi police is preparing to charge them with murder. The government responded to public protests and promised to initiate a fast-track court in this case. The victim suffered serious brain injuries, multiple organ failures and later succumbed at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The girl was returning home accompanied by a male friend and had boarded a bus on the night of Dec. 16 when four men, including the bus driver, beat them up and repeatedly gang-raped the victim for hours inside the moving bus. The victims and her companion were later thrown out of the bus.

The stop where the woman boarded the bus became an informal memorial on Saturday when a large section of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University acknowledged the bravery of the victim with messages and flowers.

Other parts of the country also witnessed silent protests with mourners marching silently along sidewalks and in neighborhood parks, holding candles as a tribute to the victim.

Taking note of public anger and the resentment against insecurity in the streets of Delhi, Prime Minister Singh said in a statement, “We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change.”

Opinion:

Cases of sexual abuse and sexual violence in India go largely unreported. Sadly, women in India prefer to stay silent, ignore and look away when they face sexual violence because they fear getting further stigmatized by society.

It is heartening to see that the bestial rape and death of the girl has triggered a national debate about sexual abuse and violence against women in India. The incident has raised issues related to the treatment of women, the attitude of the police and judiciary in dealing with rape cases, safety on public transportation, clothing and even Bollywood reinforcing gender stereotypes by portraying women as commercial commodities.

As an Indian, I have apprehensions that the current wave of protest, like almost every public dialogue in India, might degenerate into a clash of opinions and get relegated to the backburner.

I do feel that the government needs to be more responsive to the needs of women. Further, the government needs to be more proactive to ensure security for women everywhere and all times by sustained monitoring of public places and implementing stringent laws that guarantee women’s safety on public conveyances.

However, it would be naïve and unrealistic to believe that the government could do all this by wielding a magic wand unless the mindset of Indian males changes with regard to the status and position of women. My question is, Is India listening?

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Hindustan Times

The Washington Post

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India mourns in silence the death of the 23-year-old gang-rape victim and demands stringent punishment for the culprits.
aymaan30 is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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