I don’t mean to start the new year on such a negative note but I couldn’t help myself.
I am appalled.
I recently read about a father in New Delhi, India who is outraged at the gang rape and subsequent death of his daughter. He is demanding the death penalty for the 5 suspects. While I’m not a fan of the eye-for-an-eye approach, I can certainly understand his outrage and pain. Especially in a country where rape is hidden, the woman is often blamed for the attack and police will often refuse to accept complaints. In the rare event that a case makes it to court, it “can drag on for years.”
The young woman and her boyfriend were attacked for hours, on a private bus, while it drove through police check points and then dumped, naked on the side of the road. She fought back, biting three of her assailants. Yet, even her fighting spirit could not protect her. She died from internal injuries in a hospital, 16 days after her vicious assault.
The people of India are outraged, demanding justice for her and for all the other victims who have been cast aside due to archaic law and attitude. Protesters hold signs: “Punish Police. Sensitize Judiciary, Eradicate Rape.”
They are fed up with the treatment of women in this horrific crime. They are standing up, demanding protection and justice.
In a part of the world where a rape is reported once every 20 minutes.
Three times an hour.
It turns my stomach.
It made me curious, in our developed and enlightened country, a place where rape is prosecuted and women have a reasonable sense of support from our judicial system, how often rape occurs here.
Are you ready?
Are you sitting down?
Thirty times an hour.
I’m going to go throw up now.
Get involved. Check out Rainn (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.