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.