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Was India’s Low #Sex #Ratio Responsible for the Swiss Tourist’s #Rape?

March 25, 2013

On March 15, 2013, a Swiss woman and her husband, who were on a three-month cycling excursion around India, were attacked while they camped in a forest in Madhya Pradesh, in central India.   At 9.30 p.m. a group of 8 men attacked the couple.  They beat up the husband and tied him to a tree, and then gang raped the wife.  Then they robbed them of their belongings and fled.

Over the last week the police have located and arrested 6 of the rapists.

However, according to  a senior government officer, the couple is partly to blame.  He says this is because they did not inform the police of their whereabouts as foreigners in India are supposed to do.  “They took a wrong turn and decided to halt for the night by the side of a village brook little realizing that the district with 85 women :100 men ratio is not the safest place for women.” 

According to the government officer, because of this low gender ratio, this is not a safe place for women in general, and had they known the tourists planned to camp there, they would have warned them off!

If sex ratio is to be a measure of safety in India —  the 2011 census shows that the sex ratio is skewed for the entire country now!!!  The average sex ratio for India is 914 females for every 1000 males.   Even states like Kerala and Kashmir that never had skewed gender ratios, are now exterminating females through sex-selection, infanticide and/or  dowry murders.  There is no part of India that’s not participating in the female genocide!!

What does this mean?  Does this mean there is no place in India that is safe for female tourists to visit? How about women who have to live in India? Where can they live with safety?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. ijrehkums1986@gmail.com permalink
    March 25, 2013 1:06 pm

    I don’t think so………it is because “easy targets” can be raped by any men with such horrible intentions……its got nothing to do with skewed sex-ratios…….it could have happened anywhere……..the criminals just took advantage of victim’s foreignness and her inability to communicate with local law authorities……… if skewed sex ratios were responsible for rapes………there should be no rapes happening in the USA, Germany, France, Sweden, UK and other 1st world countries with a favourable sex ratio (>1000 women per 1000 men)

    • April 3, 2013 11:35 am

      @ijrehkums1986 I agree — this is about power and opportunism, not sex ratio. China has an equally low sex ratio, but they do not have escalating rape crimes or other violent crimes against women like we do in India. And while most women in India are afraid to travel alone, women in China move around independently and without the same kinds of fear. There are reports of rapes in India every day of Indian women, and most of these are gang rapes. Rape of Indian women is up by 876% Further more, many of these women don’t file complaints because their families view it as “shameful” for the woman and the family (not shameful for the rapists!) But when women find the courage to approach the police, the police often won’t file a complaint, or if they do they they won’t act on it. There is also this understanding, that governments and police etc. are alert too — that while they can turn a blind eye to the rape of Indian women white female tourists are off-limits. It is one of the reasons that the government officer here complained that they were not informed of the whereabouts of the couple. That way they could have alerted local officials to stay alert! But it is only when female tourists get raped in India that both India and the world sit up and take notice. Also, that is only when the government and police feel obliged to take action. That is why it is very important for west to take note and address this as an issue effecting not just western women tourists but Indian women in general!

  2. asha kachru permalink
    March 25, 2013 1:15 pm

    sheiss Indien! shit India!
    I am an Indian woman , i was born in India. i feel ashamed of being Indian. but since I am also a duty conscious fool to believe that one has to behave with a sense of responsibility towards the people of your neighborhood, your society, your country, I live in India though I could live in Germany too how do I react to this situation of men misbehaving with womnen, because there are not enough women anymore in India? it is a shitty situation for me. should i just accept it or start misbehaving. i am clearer now that i will do the later….

  3. Ezere permalink
    March 25, 2013 3:11 pm

    If abortion is acceptable, then sex selection abortion is also acceptable. The genocide happening in the world is against baby boys as well. Eugenics. Margaret Sanger. Bill Gates. All want to reduce human population, esp third world.

    • March 26, 2013 9:40 pm

      We don’t have any data on a population that has eliminated millions of men through sex selection or male infanticide, simply because they did not want male children!! But we’d love to see any research links you could provide us with?

    • March 27, 2013 1:25 pm

      what does your comment have to do with RAPE?

    • March 29, 2013 9:08 pm

      Comparing the gendercide, rape and violence against women (and children) in India (and elsewhere) with abortion is completely unacceptable in my view. If you want something to compare them with, I’d suggest the holocaust. Or similar genocides where one group is targeted. Unfortunately, women have been victims of violence, brutality and discrimination since time immemorial.

    • April 2, 2013 7:01 pm

      Abortion is a woman’s choice. It is a woman having the ownership and absolute right over her body, her sexuality, her reproduction and her choices. When women are forced into marriages, forced into pregnancies, forced to have abortions, forced to kill their infant girls, or killed themselves for dowry, witch hunting and other misogynistic reasons — it is a woman reduced to a disposable and usable object. It’s the complete opposite of what the movement for choice stands for.

    • April 4, 2013 7:54 pm

      sex selection abortion and abortion as such are totally different things. the choice is made by different peoples and for different reasons. sex selection is socially induced. in India girls and women are still considered to be a burden, because one has still many conservative beliefs associated with body, sexuality, honour of a woman and/ or a family, society etc. if a girl looses her virginity outside of a ‘proper’ marriage, not only can she not easily get a man to marry her , also her family gets treated badly. also once married the family has to keep doing things for the son in laws family so that they are kind and tolerating to their daughter. so she is a burden and the family members want sex selection done and get the foetus removed if female. in case of abortion it is the woman’s body which plays importance to her. she may be physically threatened with death or she may not be able to provide for the child’s sustenance etc. in that case only a woman wants abortion and this right she should have definately, because it is HER life which changes not the man’s or others. so i feel it is wrong to compare the two cases.

  4. Shobha permalink
    March 25, 2013 4:30 pm

    This is being blown out of all proportion!

    There are many safe places for tourists to visit in India and places that women live safely in India. We need to ask why men in gangs want to go around raping either their own women or tourists?

    This needs to be stopped.

    Analysis of why this apppears to be reaching epidemic proportion needs to be done, then education n wiping out ignorance needs to occur.

    There is also the issue of why there is such a high level of violence, which is a broader issue, but interconnected.

    Is life that cheap that gangs can violate people n get away with it? Rape is inexcusable in any society n India needs to examine its changing culture n inherent violence.

    Shobha and Gareth

    • March 27, 2013 1:29 pm

      i am thinking not for that girl. or the woman who died after being bruttaly RAPED

    • March 29, 2013 12:00 pm

      Shobha, Do you really think this is all “blown out of proportion?” One of the things that continues to confuse us is why we see this response from so many Indian women. When the issue of mass and systemic, and indeed escalating violence on females in India comes up, Indian women jump up to defend, to rationalize, to explain away this violence. They want to say — this is not just about India but it’s happening everywhere!! India is the 4th most dangerous country for women. In 20 years 20% of women will have been systematically annihilated. Do you believe this is ‘normal’ and happening everywhere? Please tell us! We don’t understand this response from Indian women! It is like Jews jumping up during the Jewish holocaust in defense of the Nazis. Yes, some Jews were part of the genocide as prison guards etc. because they wanted to be on the side of the powerful but it wasn’t an across the boards response. Watch this video and tell us if you think the issue of mass violence on women in India is all “blown out of proportion.”

  5. Brenda B permalink
    March 25, 2013 4:31 pm

    no excuses- rape is bad

  6. March 26, 2013 11:35 am

    Obviously, the men had no choice, they had to commit acts of violence and brutality against this couple because they had no women of their own…and anyway, they were obviously asking for it, camping provocatively the way they did.

    No more limp and feeble excuses, guys – develop the ability to make informed choices, develop the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, empathy for other human beings, develop the guts to say no to your fellow gang members, develop respect for human life and rights – there is just so much that’s wrong with these people they don’t deserve to be classed as human at all, they have as much ability to keep it in their pants as a randy dog.

    • March 27, 2013 1:32 pm

      Rees. Thank you. as a girl who was almost raped twice I thank you.

  7. March 27, 2013 8:19 pm

    Zero tolerance for rape, and zero tolerance of thinking its anything but a violent crime against females. These idiots rape female children, they probably sodimize the males of the communities also if they have a vendetta against someone. It would stop within a few months if there was zero tolerance – the government and law enforcement has the power to change this.

  8. March 27, 2013 10:10 pm

    YES.YES.YES.

  9. March 28, 2013 4:21 am

    This was a country that I was going to visit! It has NOW been taken off my list as it should as with anyone who was considering travel to India in fact we should have boycott any vacation travel to India

  10. March 29, 2013 3:15 am

    Is this the correct portrait of “Incredible India” that the Indian government advertises in all its tourist brochres? At this rate India would lose all its foreign tourists by getting a very bad name and the Indian government would have to part with all the foreign dollars which it so badly needs. India is becoming such a violent place devoid of all morality! This is happening in a country with so many female deities we worship and the concept of Mother India we revere! How can the leaders of Hindu religion tolerate such hypocrisy? When are we going to reach the barbaric limits of these bestial behaviour? Is there any end to these heinous crimes? How can India show her face to her own and foreign women with India being the birthplace of so many religions? Is the whole concept just a sham bunch of hypocrisy? Wake up India! Get out of it before it is too late!

  11. Aldin permalink
    April 3, 2013 5:24 pm

    Forced works on shackles. All day. Prison, only to sleep. No TV, or other entertainments. This is the way to stop gangs, criminals and assassins.

  12. April 3, 2013 7:09 pm

    How is illegalizing female infanticide working in India? All sex crimes are somewhat related and failure of law enforcement is the key problem in all of these.
    Its great to have blogs to discuss the issue, wonderful to see people revolt on these on the streets, but, what is the next step?
    Are we waiting for our Govt to make take action? cant we take this on ourselves and bring changes.
    How about people come together to form committees independent of Govt to deal with each aspect of this crime.
    1) A committee to tackle infanticide: This committee will go deeper into finding out where the failure is and expose the crime makers. Make sure law is enforced.
    2) A committee that focusses on awareness alone.
    3) Other committee that looks at the other aspects contributing to the crime.
    Politicians will not address these issues. Seems like this is the best time to search for solutions and implement changes.
    rc

    • April 3, 2013 7:28 pm

      Did you know that mass killing of any group was illegal by Germany’s own laws at the time of the Jewish genocide? You can look at the history of any genocide and you will find it is illegal by the country’s own laws. But a law when not enforced — is anarchy. That is the kind of environment where genocides happpen. Do you think genocides stop overnight, like the Jewish genocide or the Rawandan genocide did, because the people are suddenly enlightened? No — they stop because they cannot get away with their criminal acts any more. The female genocide in India is because of lawlessness — anarchy. You cannot change a mindset that is 2000 years old overnight. But no human society with a conscience can sit back and say we’ll wait another 2000 years for the mindset to change and watch million of girls and women killed like cattle! Yes, the government has to answer because from the time a child is born she is a citizen of India and it makes the government of India (and the killer parents) answerable for this genocide like governments have to be for all genocides!

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