Indian mass anti-gang rape protests

This video is called Delhi gang rape: Protests spread across India.

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.”

Media Resources: Times of India 12/20/12; International Business Times 12/19/12; New York Times 12/19/12

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.

India gang-rape victim dies in Singapore hospital: here.

From the Communist Party of India:


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.

Thousands protest rape culture in New Zealand, saying it’s become ‘a national health crisis’: here.

28 thoughts on “Indian mass anti-gang rape protests

  1. Let’s hope the ordeal this young woman suffered, her injuries, her death, brings a culture that values male children so much higher than females, leading to this outrage, to its senses so that it starts to reevaluate how to respect everyone regardless of class and gender.


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  5. Five arrested after tourist is gang raped

    INDIA: Police arrested five men today in connection with the gang rape of a Swiss tourist who was on a cycling holiday with her husband.

    All five admitted to the attack on Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state.

    Police are looking for two more men thought to have been involved in the attack in which the husband was also beaten.

    The 39-year-old woman was released from hospital on Saturday.



    At a time when the country’s police force is unable to provide security to its citizens, ensure safety for women, and even 4 or 5 year old girl children are raped under their very nose, the government has ordered Z plus security for the country’s richest corporate tycoon Mukesh Ambani and even protection for his sprawling residential building ‘Antilia’.

    Under this security cover Ambani will have pilot and a number of follow-on vehicles with commandos armed with sophisticated weapons whenever he chooses to move out of his protected den. Round the clock, a 28 member team from the CRPF will be on duty for his security cover.

    This is the first time a private person, because he happens to be an Ambani is being provided with such security for his person and his residence by a government which is failing everyday to protect the common man, especially women and children. It is matter of shame for this government and shows for whom it works. Mukesh Ambani has all the resources at his command to provide security for himself and his establishments.

    Our Party demands that the government order be rescinded and the CRPF be sent back for their primary task.


  7. Dear friends,

    Kaia*, an eleven year old rape survivor sued her government for failing to protect her from being raped — and won. Now we can use this watershed precedent to help other women, but we need the funds to do it. If each of us pledges just €3 now, we can make this amazing victory the beginning of a sea change in protecting women:

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    Kaia* was eleven years old when she was assaulted and raped on the way to school. A teacher took her to the hospital, but the police demanded bribes for even taking down a statement.

    So Kaia did something incredibly brave. She sued the police for failing to protect her. What’s even more incredible is what happened next.

    In Kenya where Kaia lives, a woman or girl is raped every 30 minutes. Police there routinely turn a blind eye, further isolating terrified young survivors and reinforcing the notion that rape is ok.

    Kaia and ten other young survivors challenged that. On the day of the case, ignoring threats to their safety and a blockade from court security, they marched from their shelter to the courthouse, chanting “Haki yangu” — Kiswahili for “I demand my rights.” And then the judge issued his ruling: The girls had won!

    The amazing advocates and human rights lawyers that worked with Kaia are ready to bring similar lawsuits against police forces across Africa and beyond, but they need funding to do it. We won’t process pledges until we reach our goal, but if just 30,000 of us pledge just €3 now, we can repeat this game-changing victory in other countries, remind police that rape is a crime, and take a powerful step forward against the global war on women:

    When Kaia’s story began, she looked set to become just another of the countless victims of child rape ignored by the police. But Kenyan child rights advocate Mercy Chidi and Canadian human rights lawyer Fiona Sampson joined forces to challenge this injustice in the courts.

    The plan was hatched in Kenya by a group of colleagues from Canada, Kenya, Malawi and Ghana — it seemed like a long shot to sue the police force for failing to act, but they stuck with it and took risks… and made legal history. The work has just begun: like any win, it takes time, effort and money to make sure the ruling sticks, and to use it as a springboard to wipe out violence against women.

    If we raise enough, here’s how we could turn a huge victory for Kenya into a win for countries across Africa and even the rest of the world:

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    As citizens, we often appeal to political leaders and other officials to get serious about protecting women’s rights. It’s important to keep doing that, but when they fail to hear their consciences, we need to appeal to their interests, and take them to court. That sends a powerful message: not only that there are new consequences for their crimes, but that the era of unchallenged misogyny in the culture of our societies is coming to end.

    With hope,

    Ricken, Maria Paz, Emma, Oli, Nick, Allison, Luca and the rest of the Avaaz team

    * Kaia is a pseudonym, but her story is real. She is not pictured here.


    In Kenya, a Victory for girls and rights (The New York Times)

    Canadians force Kenyan police to answer for ‘inexcusably’ neglecting reports of sexual abuse against girls (National Post)

    Chance meeting led to justice for rape victims (Toronto Star)

    African women the worst off – report (iOl News)

    Africa: Violence Against Women Is Epidemic (AllAfrica)

    India’s Rape Crisis Undermines the Country (The Daily Beast)

    Malawi country report (UNICEF)


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  10. One in three women worldwide have been raped, abused, forced into prostitution, or suffered some other form of violence. This is happening every day, in every country around the world – but those who commit these acts all too frequently walk away without consequences. We need to do something to stop this atrocity.

    Tell your Representative to co-sponsor H.R.3571 – the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik



    Hundreds of CARE advocates have already taken action to demand justice – to demand action – for survivors of violence and accountability for their attackers.

    Congress needs to get the message, loud and clear: We won’t stand for this.

    Send your message to your Representative TODAY to stand up against violence against women.

    Dear Friend,

    She was gang raped by a group of six men who dumped her bloodied, broken body by the side of the road in Delhi, India. This 23-year-old’s story was told and re-told in the headlines. Her subsequent death sparked an international outcry, and discussions about the epidemic of rape and violence in India and around the world.

    But the violence continues – headline after headline of young girls and women bruised, raped by strangers or loved ones, dead.

    Since that infamous attack in December 2012, another Indian woman was gang-raped as punishment for falling in love with a Muslim man. A 16-year-old in Morocco committed suicide after she was forced to marry the man who had raped her at knifepoint. An 18-year-old pregnant Ethiopian woman was thrown in jail for “indecency” after her brutal assault was filmed and circulated online.

    Send your letter NOW to tell Congress to immediately prioritize the international fight against violence against women.

    Right now, there’s a bill before Congress that would make ending violence against women and girls a top diplomatic priority: the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). This piece of legislation is an unprecedented step by the United States to address violence on a global scale, on all fronts, including:

    Holding violators accountable by supporting laws and legal structures that prevent and respond to all forms of violence against women and girls.
    Helping survivors heal, physically and mentally, by increasing the ability of existing health programs to respond to the specific needs of survivors of violence.
    Changing the attitudes of communities that condone violence, by working within existing social structures to end the silence and speak the truth about violence.
    Protecting women and girls from violence by increasing their economic opportunities and education. Women with better education and more income are more independent and less vulnerable to violence.

    The International Violence Against Women Act won’t change what happened to women and girls who have already suffered at the hands of violence.

    But it would make a real difference in the lives of women and girls who have survived violence, as they work to heal, and would hold those who commit acts of violence accountable for their actions. And it would protect women and girls who are still free from suffering today.

    I think that’s worth fighting for. I think you do too.

    Stand up for women around the world. Join CARE and tell your Representative to co-sponsor the International Violence Against Women Act today.

    Together we can create real social change for communities all around the world. We can end violence against women and girls and hold their attackers accountable. Sending this email could be the most important thing you do today.

    Thank you,

    Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
    President and CEO, CARE


  11. Dear friends,

    After 16-year-old Liz was raped and left for dead, the police let her the men suspected of this brutal attack walk free. If we now make these police officers famous all over Kenya, through a blitz of ads and social media, we can get the authorities to charge police who turn a blind eye to Kenya’s plague of rapes. Let’s get started:

    When 16 year-old Liz was beaten and gang raped, the police let the men accused of attacking her walk free after simply mowing the lawn as punishment for “assault.” When she was brave enough to admit she’d been raped to, and the scandal broke, one officer was transferred and no one has been sacked for their failure. And they’re still out there, talking to victims everyday.

    Now there’s a plan that would make these men so famous for acting like a rapist’s best friend that no police officer will ever do this again.

    We can turn our amazing amazing community into a virtual global law enforcement agency and pressure those in charge to hold the officers to account for their actions. Together we’ll avalanche pressure on Kenya’s top cops with a social media blits, Kenya’s most famous singer writing a viral song inspired by our outrage, and billboards with officers’ faces across the country. Click below to get started right now

    Liz’s story is horrifying. The 16-year-old was walking home from her grandfather’s funeral last year when she was gang raped by six men. When they were through with her, they threw her, badly injured, down a toilet pit. Hours later, when neighbours found her, she identified her attackers right away. But the police simply logged the attack as an “assault” and said the accused could go free with no charges if they merely mowed the lawn outside the police station.

    Our community rallied behind Liz — 1.7 million of us joined the call for justice, backed a march in Nairobi by amazing women’s groups and exposed this horrific case in the media. Our work made sure there was a trial for the accused attackers, but the police officers who let the suspects off scot-free are still working as police. The good news is that we know their names, have pictures of their faces, and have a strategy to make sure justice is served.

    Kenya has strict anti-rape laws, but all too often the police get away with ignoring them. Unless we help ensure police accountability, these outrages will continue. Let’s make these officers so infamous that Kenya’s police chiefs have to act. Add your name now and together we’ll overwhelm the airwaves with our calls for justice:

    Last year, our community joined the massive call to bring justice for Liz. We helped ensure her accused attackers would face a court of law, and now that step forward is at stake. Let’s come together once again to demand those responsible are held to account to make sure rape is no longer brushed aside — for Liz and for the millions of survivors of sexual violence everywhere.

    With hope and determination,

    Mary, Allison, Caro, Marie, Alaphia, Sayeeda, Emma and the rest of the Avaaz team

    PS: Liz is a pseudonym given by the news outlet that broke her story and has since been widely used. She is not pictured here


    Kenyans demand gang-rape justice in police petition (BBC)

    Kenya’s women fight for justice as rapists are sentenced to cut the grass (The Guardian)

    Brave Busia girl battles as her rapists go scot free (Daily Nation)

    Rape suspect to appear in court on Monday (Standard Digital)

    After Kenya’s landmark rape decision, all eyes on the police (Globe and Mail)


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