The high incidence of rape in India has become World news. With the latest death, a 23-year-old medical student, gang rape victim, authorities are appealing for calm.
The chances of being raped in India are frightening. According to wikipediaOfficial sources show that rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008This however has only become World News since a violent gang rape on December 16, 2012. The brutal attack of a 23-year-old medical student on board a moving bus was horrific. Raped and beaten for around an hour by six men, her boyfriend who was present was also beaten.
The young woman's injuries were so severe that this week she was flown to Singapore to receive much needed hospital treatment. Sadly yesterday she died from her injuries. She is not the first rape related death during the current crisis. This week there was also news of a teenage girl, raped in late November with no attacker brought to justice, killing herself.
What remains unclear is if there has been a dramatic increase in the number of rapes in India or more widespread reporting to the authorities and in the media. According to the IBM, international Business Times, there is no proof either way. Their report though highlights the many dreadful rape cases, which sometimes involve very young children. A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped and dumped in a thorny bush by her maternal uncle, Keshav, at Vadodara in Gujarat Friday night, PTI reported. The toddler, who suffered serious injuries, died Tuesday. A case of rape, kidnap and murder has been registered against the accused. In another case, a 10-member gang allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman on the banks of a river in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu, police said Monday, PTI reported. The woman was speaking to a relative when the accused attacked them. The gang members thrashed the relative who tried protect her. Police made 10 arrests in connection with the incident.
Protesters have been bringing pressure to bear on police and government officials to improve the situation. There have been calls for the death penalty to be carried out in the case of convicted rapists. Apprehending the perpetrators and ensuring that they are appropriately sentenced in a court of law may prove difficult.
Today as the BBC reports that the body of the 23-year-old medical student is to be flown back to India, a lockdown is taking place. Many areas In Delhi have experienced lockdowns this week but today it was feared more protesters would flood the streets. Violent protests have occurred during the last two weeks but if more people take to the streets, angry at this latest death, blood shed could follow.
In an effort to prevent violent protests groups of five or more people on the streets of Delhi will be dispersed. A huge police presence will aim to keep the peace. Riot police who will be on the streets will include many female officers.
Indiarealtimes has reported that people are angry that they will not be able to take to the streets and mourn this latest death. The authorities claim to understand but have appealed for calm and people to stay at home.