#DelhiProtests: 336% Spurt in #Child #Rapes in #India and #Police #Violence
April 20, 2012
Like with the December 2012 Delhi gang rape protests, once again there is an angry public rocking India’s capital. Last week a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped, held hostage for 2 days by two adult men, and repeatedly gang-raped and sexually tortured with all kinds of objects, like candles and bottles, inserted inside her. Then the rapists tried to kill her by slashing her throat. The police that had earlier refused to file a missing person’s report when the parents approached them, later tried to hush up the case as the child lay in the hospital battling for her life. They not only refused to file a rape complaint, but tried to give the father Rs. 2000/- ($40) to keep his mouth shut! They told him not to approach the media or public because they’d only make fun of him! Later as women protestors approached the police, the police beat up some of the women!
As we said in an earlier post, the rape of women in India has increased by 873% since 1971. However rape and sexual assault on children too has reached epidemic proportions. In the last 10 years there is an estimated 336% spurt in child rape cases in India according to a 2013 report. A 2007 survey conducted by the government revealed that more than 50% of children, that is 1 in every 2 children in India, had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse.
The report which is titled ‘India’s Hell Holes’ categorically states “These [cases] [which account for the 336% rise in child rape] are only the tip of the iceberg as the large majority of child rape cases are not reported to the police while children regularly become victims of other forms of sexual assault too.” The report also points out that the worst places for child sexual abuse are the juvenile homes that are run by the government.
Here are some newspaper links from the last 2 weeks where the victims were minor girls:
New Delhi (April 26, 2013): 6-year-old raped, throat slit, battles for life
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (April 22, 2013): 15-year-old mentally challenged girl raped
New Delhi (April 22, 2013): Another 5-year-old raped and abandoned at the AIIMs hospital
Khargone, Madhya Pradesh (April 21, 2013): Man rapes and kills 7-yr-old cousin
Nagpur, Madhya Pradesh (April 21, 2013): 4-year-old girl raped in a critical condition
Jehanabad, Bihar (April 20, 2013): 16-year-old gang raped by two men
Surat, Gujarat (April 21, 2013): 17-year-old kidnapped, held hostage and gang raped
New Delhi (April 21, 2013): 13-year-old gang raped by 8 men attempts suicide
Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh (April 19, 2013): 6-year-old girl raped and killed
Birabadi, Haryana (April 13, 2013): 16-year-old girl gang-raped by 2 men
Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar (April 13, 2013): 7-year-old girl raped by a forest guard
Bhubaneshwar, Orrissa (April 12, 2013): 15-year-old girl gang-raped by 4 men
Rohtak, Haryana (April 08, 2013): 13-year-old girl raped
Varanasi, UP (April 05, 2013): 16-year-old girl gang-raped by three
Yet, the worst trauma that victims, their families and Indian society face today is dealing with the police. Apathy is a given! It is taken for granted in India now that the police won’t file a report, they won’t investigate and even when the family identifies the rapist the police won’t act. They won’t even arrest the culprits! But the worst part of the police in India is in how they blatantly beat up the parents of a victim or the victim’s supporters when they try to protest police indifference to the plight of the victim!!!
Below are two videos. The top one is when cops beat up people, including the mother of a 6-year-old girl raped and killed, because they were protesting police refusal to act unless the parents could tell them they’ve seen the rape with their own eyes!!! The bottom video is of women being slapped around by a senior cop for asking why they tried to hush up the rape of the 5-year-old girl that has now set off a furious uprising in India’s capital.