VOW STOP THE VIOLENCE
It emerged that the five men accused of the rape in Dehli, India of the 23 year old Physiotherapy student, who cannot be named, have denied the charges. If found guilty the men accused of raping the girl on a bus as it circled the city, then throwing her off the bus without clothes, could face the death penalty.
The India media is filled with stories of rape and sexual assault on a daily basis. An eight year old girl was raped in Delhi on January 17. The victim's family is under pressure from their landlord to vacate their accommodation.
A seven year old girl was raped in a school toilet in Vasco, Goa, on January 14. The head teacher took three hours to report the attack and was arrested by police for negligence. A teacher also allegedly destroyed evidence at the scene.
Of the 24,206 rape cases to go before the courts in India in 2011, 26 per cent resulted in a conviction. Richie Lutharia, 33, said women often did not report rape for fear of reprisals. "The mindset of the people here is a big problem,' he said. 'Women don't report rape because they think nobody will marry them while other people will try to blame her.'
This young woman's death has received worldwide attention, with protests and petitions from the national and international community, which has served to put pressure on India's ruling Congress Party to take action. Protesters and campaigners have a list of demands - one is a school programme of gender sensitisation which would teach children to respect each other. Education is a cornerstone of transformation.
Join the international community in protests. If we can make a difference in India we can continue to make a difference in many other countries where women's voices need to be heard.
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