#Indian #Women Protesting #GangRape Attacked With Tear Gas, Batons and Water Cannon: Sign Petition to the Prime Minister
On December 16, 2012 a 23-year old woman, in New Delhi, on her way home with her boyfriend after seeing a film, was brutally gang-raped and beaten with an iron rod by 7 men on the bus they had boarded. The boyfriend too had been beaten unconscious, and both were thrown out of the bus. As she lay in the hospital, undergoing numerous surgeries, during which all her intestines had to be removed, the government of India had nothing to say! On Dec 29, after fighting for almost 2 weeks for her life, the young woman succumbed to her injuries.
This form of brutalization and systemic violence on girls and women has become a daily norm in India, which unaddressed and unchecked by the government and system of law and order has reached epidemic proportions. See our log on news reports here. Also see this video which explains how the violence on women is of a genocidal scale.
The Dec 16 gang-rape however was the breaking point! It resulted in an outpouring of anger as women and girls flooded the streets of the nation’s capitol demanding action, demanding the government take responsibility for the lack of law, order, and justice that has resulted in this system of violence on women. Over the week, the protests intensified.
Then on Saturday, December 22, the government of India decided that if the women were not going to break up their protests and return to their homes, the government would force them to do so using whatever means. The women, protesting peacefully, using nothing more than their voices, lit candles, and placards, were attacked by the police forces using water canons, batons and tear gas!
SUPPORT THE WOMEN OF INDIA IN OUR DEMANDS TO THE PRIME MINISTER