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Teen Victim of #GangRape Commits Suicide: The Issue with ‘Rape’ and ‘Shame’

December 28, 2012

Patiala, Punjab, Dec 27, 2012

Though the brutal gang rape and murder of a young medical student in Delhi has spurred a movement of anger and outrage against the government and police in Delhi (click here), rape and femicide (the killing of girls and women) are the fastest growing crimes in India, and it’s a reality women and girls have to face or die to all over India, every day.

One of the questions we have to ask is : How does Indian society view this crime?  Is is viewed as a human rights, violent crime against women, or as an issue of ‘Shame’ where the onus is more on the victim than on the rapist? Is it because of the latter that many rape victims in India commit suicide?

In Patiala a 17-year old girl had been gang raped by a group of men in November 2012.  For weeks her family and she tried to get the police to make an arrest.  The police however ignored them, while the rapists roamed free.  The rapists would harass her and try to humiliate her. Finally, the girl consumed poison and killed herself.  Full report here.

For other newspaper reports of incidents of violence against women and girls in India CLICK HERE. What are the 6 Ways Women and Girls are Killed in India? To watch a video CLICK HERE.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2012 8:14 pm

    it’s a shame, that so often in India the rule seems to be: no respect for women …

  2. December 28, 2012 10:58 pm

    The stories I have been reading about India are shocking, from the gendercide to the rape of women, Unfortunately, the condition of women in many parts of the world is pretty abysmal. As for the victim being made to feel guilty, just yesterday there was a report in my own country about a Catholic priest pinning up a note basically blaming women for the violence committed against them. That, too, has triggered outrage, but these perverse attitudes are all too common.

  3. emery permalink
    January 3, 2013 4:00 am

    I’m not surprised by any of this at all I’ve heard that Punjab a vary high number of rapes, infanticides, honor killings, and police corruption.


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