"Only fear can stop it. We are the youth of India. We are her voice."
September 12, 2013 9:42 AM Subscribe
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On Tuesday, a court in India convicted four
men of "rape, unnatural sex, murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence" after they brutally gang-raped a woman on a bus in Delhi last December. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. When news broke, it sparked protests (previously)
and raised awareness worldwide about the plight of many women in India. Now that the verdict is in, the Guardian analyzes the incident to see how "the nation's surge to superpower status has left millions behind struggling on the margins." (Links in this post contain descriptions of rape and assault which some may find disturbing.)
Also from The Guardian: The Prosecution's Case: Interactive
The case was fast-tracked
. Possibly due to the international attention it attracted.
As India gang rape trial ends, a debate over what has changed. "...it has helped in breaking the silence surrounding crimes against women in a deeply patriarchal country."
WSJ: Last December, the Indian government appointed a group of judges and lawyers to map out changes to Indian laws aimed at curbing violence against women in response to the New Delhi bus incident.
The Verma Committee took just 29 days to release a report with over 650 pages of recommendations, including making the rape of a women by her husband a crime, criminalizing stalking and voyeurism, and increasing punishment for those who engage in trafficking women. Some of those suggestions on voyeurism, stalking and trafficking were incorporated into the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act (pdf)
, passed in March 2013. "But there were some parts the government ignored, including laws on marital rape and strong advice against introducing the death penalty for rapes, which the committee said would be a regressive step. The new law sanctions the use of the death penalty in extreme cases and for repeat offenders."
What the Delhi Rape Trials Mean for India's Women
: "The country must prove that it can routinely and effectively prosecute rapists, even when it's not in the international spotlight."
Worth noting that the defendants' lawyers' "blame the rape victims" defense
failed. So did citing Mahatma Gandhi
during closing testimony.
A TrustLaw poll conducted in June 2012 ranked India, the world's largest democracy, as the worst G20 country in which to be a woman
thanks to infanticide, child marriage and slavery
. TrustLaw is a news service run by Thomson Reuters. From January, a Reuters slideshow: India's Women Defend Themselves