Will Dalit take revenge on Brahmins
The incomprehensible thing is: it just doesn't stop. A German is said to have been raped on a moving train on Monday. Then a Danish woman in Delhi. The 51-year-old woman was raped by several men when she asked for directions to her hotel.
Here is just a tiny excerpt from Indian reality: In April 2013 it was a five-year-old in Madhya Pradesh who was abused by two men for 48 hours; she died on April 18th. In August, a seven-year-old was raped for days in a train toilet, and shortly afterwards five men attacked a 22-year-old photographer in Mumbai. In October, a 16-year-old woman was raped by a group of men, she filed a complaint, was raped again in revenge by the same group, and went back to the police. On December 23, two of the perpetrators set the girl on fire.
The girl died almost exactly one year after the 23-year-old, who was raped and impaled by six men in a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 until nothing was inside her where it belonged. When the young woman died of her injuries, India was just in shock. Then full of anger.
Thousands took to the streets. There were Men-Say-No blogathons, Stop-Rape-Now-petitions and Delhi-Gang-Rape-Rap-Songs, security cameras were installed in buses, the state armory designed a light women's revolver to commemorate the victim in Delhi "Nirbheek" should be called - fearless. Students, lawyers, activists, Dalits, Brahmins, housewives and suffragettes took to the streets together demanding tougher laws and the death penalty for rapists.
It was like India woke up. As if people finally understood.
In September, under enormous security and in front of the world, four of the rapists from Delhi were sentenced to death in an accelerated trial and with great bohei. The victim's father said, "We are very happy."
Never before had any of their victims gone to the police
A month later, the photographer's rapists sat in an almost empty courtroom in Mumbai and did not seem to understand. The defendants followed the debate with blank faces, as if they did not understand why they are here. They gave the impression that the process was being conducted in a foreign language. One witness said, "They were like a couple of kids who found a dog and tied some fireworks by the tail just to see what happened."
One of their victims had never gone to the police before, said the rapists. So why this?
Rita Banerji is a political activist and one of the well-known women's rights activists in India. If you ask her why the rape cases in India are not decreasing after the death sentences, you can hear her laugh. Why? "More than 30 percent of government employees in India have a criminal background, rape, murder, theft. When criminals rule, they will not clean up the system."
Rita Banerji is many things: environmentalist, author, photographer, women's rights activist. She was 18 when she went to the US and 30 when she returned to India. It was immediately clear to her that something had to change for the women who have been doing what a woman has to do for millennia: as a child, she obeys the father, as a wife, the husband, as the mother, the son. Humble like the goddess Sita. In 2006 Rita Banerji founded the "50 Million Missing Campaign". For them, the systematic extermination of women and girls in India is a genocide according to the UN Convention on Genocide. She is fighting for the UN to officially recognize this genocide. She doesn't just make friends with it.
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