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Delhi gang rape victim dies, what have we learnt?

India, which has more than 1.3 billion people, recorded 24,000 cases of rape last year, a figure that has increased by 25 percent in the past six years. 

Read the full article here.

India was rocked with protests and rallies after a young girl was gang raped, beaten and thrown out of a moving bus two weeks ago.

And after several major operations and even being transferred to a hospital in Singapore, the victim passed away this morning.

According to IBN Live, 'The six men accused of raping and assaulting the 23-year-old paramedical student, who died after battling for her life for over 12 days in a Singapore hospital, will now be charged with murder.'

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - whose government has come under fire in handling the situation and ensuring safety of women folk in the nation - offered his condolences.

So what has India learnt from this episode?

That the presumed democracy and freedom of expression it believes to have was somewhat thwarted after police used tear gas, water cannons and even beat protestors with batons in a large protest in the nation's capital hardly a week ago?

New Delhi gang rape protestsThat a country boosting to be a super power can't even protect the rights of women and children?

That the nation, despite claiming to be modern, still has politicians coming up with such remarks;

Abhijit Mukherjee, the president’s son and a Member of the Indian Parliament, dismissed the current anti-rape protesters in the capital Delhi calling them "dented and painted women."

When women took to the streets to protest following co-ordinated attacks in Mumbai in 2008, Muqtar Abbas Naqvi, a politician from the opposition BJP, said: "Some women wearing lipstick and powder have taken to the streets in Mumbai and are abusing politicians and spreading dissatisfaction... This is what terrorists are doing in Kashmir."

Sriprakash Jaiswal, union coal minister, speaking after India's win over Pakistan in the T20 cricket championship, said: "As time passes, the joy of the victory fades, just like a wife becomes old and loses her charm."

And will all this be forgotten in weeks to come?


India has got some serious self-reflection to do. No point telling the world it is good in IT, boasts the best medical schools and has some of the 'smartest' folks in the world if its people can't even get one thing right - respecting a fellow human being.

Note: Pics from Reuters (top two) and AP
 
HD says: RIP to the victim.

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  1. RIP to the victim

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  2. What we have learned? - I thing think society will ever learn. Time and time again incidences like this takes place all over the world and even in our own backyard. After a few months it dies down and we forget or we move on.

    Be it landslides, molestations, gruesome murders, rapes, child abuse and so much more

    Our basic values of queuing up, stopping at red lights, respecting elders & teachers, being humble are sliding south. (Take a drive on the roads form yellow boxes to red lights to following the que, people buat tak tau.

    My position on rapist - castrate them (that should put the fear of god in them)


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  3. May she rest in peace now sitting beside GOD. The delhi gang rape case is so brutal that it shocked the world and grieving over the girl. Those supects should be hanged for good. But I'm really surprised India has the highest rape case in the world I really don't know what's with the women there they're that even beautiful in my eyes. Maybe because of drug users and some other stuff. I just hope this will stop sooner than later. ss disability medford

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