Sexual violence against women and children is common in India. While protesters are now protesting in many cities over the brutal rape and murder of a 27-year-old, the country is shaken by another tragic message.
In India, anger is intensifying over the never-ending series of rape and murder of girls and women. While protesters in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore took to the streets to rape a 27-year-old veterinarian, reports of rape and strangulation hit a six-year-old boy in Rajasthan state.
The six-year-old corpse was found to be half naked discovered a shrubbery. The police arrested a 40-year-old suspect. The girl had been raped and strangled with the belt of his school uniform.
The veterinarian who was murdered last Wednesday was raped by four men in a suburb of Hyderabad, then doused and burned , On Saturday, police used force to stop an angry crowd in Hyderabad from storming the police station where the four suspects were being held.
MP calls for "lynching" on
The mass demonstrations in many parts of the country have called for stricter laws to protect women. According to the British Guardian, activists talk of a "failure" of the government to control crimes against women. A women's rights activist from Mumbai said the lack of female police officers was one of the reasons for the problem.
Former actress Jaya Bachchan, now a member of parliament, called for the lynching of the perpetrators. Another MP called for castrating rapists. In April 2018, the Indian government issued a decree imposing the death penalty on the rape of children under the age of 12.
Sexual violence against women and even children is common in India. It was not until Saturday that a 16-year-old died of a serious injury in a hospital in the capital, New Delhi, after being raped and killed ten days earlier by a neighbor.
High dark figure
According to official statistics In 2016, more than 19,000 rapes of minors were recorded in the country. In 2017, there were 10,000. With a population of 1.3 billion, the numbers sound rather low. In comparison, in Germany, just over 11,000 rapes were recorded on women and girls in the same year, with a total population of 82 million. In India, however, the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.
For years, activists have been complaining that much of the sexual assault in India is not being reported. Too great is the fear of being stigmatized by the police. In many cases, corrupt policemen also cover the perpetrators. Only a few months ago, three officials in Kashmir were sentenced to prison terms for having destroyed evidence after rape of an eight-year-old.