Saturday, December 29, 2012

Gang-rape in India reflects a deficient culture

The gang-rape that has galvanized protesters in India was not and is not some isolated incident. It apparently occurs all too often mostly because "the reality [is] that sexually assaulted women are often blamed for the crime, which forces them to keep quiet and not report it to authorities for fear of exposing their families to ridicule." [Gang-rape victim dies, India transfixed].

But this incident was a step into the realm of depravity and savagery fueled by an uncaring society preferring to look the other way. The brutal attacks on the woman  was also on her male companion. The attack took place on a public bus.
"The woman and a male friend, who have not been identified, were traveling in a public bus after watching a film on the evening of Dec. 16 when they were attacked by six men who took turns to rape her. They also beat the couple and inserted an iron rod into her body. Both of them were then stripped and thrown off the bus, according to police."
"Despite all efforts by a team of eight specialists in Mount Elizabeth Hospital to keep her stable, her condition continued to deteriorate over these two days. She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome."
"Indian attitudes toward rape are so entrenched that even politicians and opinion makers have often suggested that women should not go out at night or wear clothes that might be seen provocative."
When  segment of society is vulnerable and suffers attacks on it because of its vulnerability - that society is culturally deficient.

2 comments:

  1. Larry,

    A few days ago you posed the question, "God loves men better than women? Really?"

    I was giving that some thought when this story out of New Delhi took over the news. They seem connected.

    Yes, God (at least the male-generated version) loves men more than women.

    Did you see the NY Times op-ed about the shame of menstruation? The curse. This is what segregates males from females. A female's body does not belong to her. Until it does, she will always be subservient.

    The New Delhi rape bothered me, but it goes on every day. What made this incident special was that people noticed.

    I'm sorry, but I don't see anything changing in this century. A women's revolution? It seems too many of us would rather read E.L. James.

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  2. Pamela:

    I missed the NY Times editorial, but in looking for it I came across these two links that you might have seen, but it is worth me mentioning it anyway.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/alex-hern/2012/10/fighting-snark-snark-bodyform-viral-video-destroys-commenter

    http://menstruationresearch.org/tag/femcare-adverstising/

    We never view our bodies for what they are but only from the ignorance of myths and misinformation. Or so it seems.

    I wonder what high school children, maybe that is too late, are taught about the human body and the differences between men and women? I went to a Catholic high school taught by nuns - the subject never came up.

    That 'time of the month' was the explanation for everything unexplainable about girl classmates that Midol cured. Menstruation was a mystery.

    It does seem that the NY Times article culturally connects to the Delhi gang-rape. It is just one more piece of cultural illness where disdain for women is rampant.

    I don't understand the concept of anyone being physically forced to provide 'pleasure' to another. And just how mentally disturbed must one be to find that pleasurable is beyond my comprehension.

    Looking at the crime stats for Portland - there are nearly 4 rapes per week in 2012 which is a few percentage points down from 2011. That is nowhere near the annual statistic of 630 rapes in Delhi. But even 4 per week is unacceptable, and probably none are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

    Not much hope for changes in India or elsewhere in this century or the next. It may have been my imagination (or just plain missed it) but I didn't see anywhere that the major religions spoke up against such violence.

    Bottom line. There is no god that loves men more than women. It is a mystical being or entity that exists only in its creation by man.

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