From Feminist Daily News in the USA:
Indian Activists Protest Gang Rape
Protests erupted in India yesterday in response to a violent gang rape on a bus in South Delhi. Protesters, mostly students and women’s organizations, held protests in streets of the city of Delhi and demonstrated in front of the city’s police headquarters calling for new attitudes towards rape. Protesters who gathered outside of the home of Delhi’s Chief Minister were blasted with a water cannon from police forces.
On Sunday, a 23 year old medical student and her male partner was accosted while riding a bus in South Delhi. Both were beaten and the woman was raped repeatedly by four men. She has required multiple surgeries for head and intestinal injuries. A few days later, a 15 year old was raped in the northern state of Bihar.
Sehba Farooqui, an activist for Indian women’s rights, said “We have been screaming ourselves hoarse demanding greater security for women and girls. But the government, the police and others responsible for public security have ignored the daily violence that women face.” A student protester told reporters “We want to jolt people awake from the cozy comfort of their cars. We want people to feel the pain of what women go through every day.”
December 25, 2012: Gang rape protests continue in India as injured police officer dies in hospital. Authorities seal off high-security zone in New Delhi for a second day to put an end to a week of demonstrations against brutal gang rape of a woman on a moving bus. Read more: here.
Gang rape victim flown to Singapore: here.
India gang-rape victim dies in Singapore hospital: here.
From the Communist Party of India:
CPI CONDOLES THE DEATH OF POLICE CONSTABLE
The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India sends its deep condolences to the family of the police constable, Tomar, who died in hospital after the police clash with protestors. It is an unfortunate incident. While the CPI condemns the violence, it feels that the police could have shown more restraint.
The address of the Prime Minister came too late and was disappointing. The stress is more on peace than on the concrete steps to prevent the recurrence of atrocities on women or on the actions for security of women. This will not restore confidence among the people.
The statement of the home minister is irresponsible and provocative. People are not asking him to discuss with every rallyist while the whole nation is indignant and angry, while tens of thousands of young girls and boys are on the streets on a justified issue of security to women he makes a mockery of. The home minister of the country is expected to understand the agony and try to make efforts to create confidence among the people.
The home minister has to discuss even with insurgent groups to help solve the problems. We advise the home minister to control his anger, as it fuels the fire.
The suspension of police constables and ACPs has come too late. How about the accountability of the home ministry for its failure to provide equipment, finances and necessary staff to Delhi police?
Cases against Gen. V K Singh and Baba Ramdev are the signs of nervousness of the government. The attempt to stamp the spontaneous outburst of people to some individuals and hidden hand of political parties and attempt to find hooligans, cannot whitewash the general discontent of the people against the miserable failure of the government in maintenance of law and order in the NCR. The recent events once again proved that the UPA government has lost its credibility and the confidence of the people.
CPI demands that the government should take steps in the right direction to prevent violence against women, in place of attacking the protesters.
America’s Rape Problem: We Refuse to Admit That There Is One: here.
- Indian policeman injured in gang-rape protest dies: official (dawn.com)
- India clamps down on gang-rape protests; PM appeals for calm… (reuters.com)
- Student stripped, whipped in India’s University despite huge protests against gang-rape in New Delhi (thenewstribe.com)
- Thousands protest in Indian capital after gang-rape (itv.com)
- Indian police close roads to prevent rape protests (cbc.ca)
- Gang Rape Sparks Massive Protest In India (huffingtonpost.ca)