Thursday, February 7, 2013

India is not a democracy when women and children are sexually abused

"A government [India] panel appointed after the attack to examine the country's treatment of women also shone a light on the high incidence of child sexual abuse and the failure of the government to ensure the implementation of child protection laws." [Sexual abuse of children 'rampant' in India, and  Confronting India's culture of rape].

Human Rights Watch has this startling report Breaking the Silence on the sexual abuse of children in India, e.g., "[s]tudies suggest that more than 7,200 children, including infants, are  raped every year; experts believe that many more cases go unreported."

A culture or society is substantially morally deficient when the vulnerable of that culture or society are sexually abused especially when that abuse is carried out in state institutions by those that run the institutions. "What is most shocking about the abuse is that it happened in  a well-respected facility [Apna Ghar, a residential care facility for orphans and other vulnerable children] that was regularly inspected by government officials.  Its director, Jaswanti Devi, had recently been named Haryana state’s  “woman role model of the year.
". . .the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) visited the facility to investigate the girls’ allegations of abuse. The head of the team later described the scene they encountered there as “insane,  unbelievable.” Girls of all ages told them they had been made to have sex with strangers for money, that the son-in-law of the director had molested them, that they had been stripped naked, and beaten on their vaginas. Others said that staff had tied them up and suspended them from ceiling fans as punishment. “They made us do such disgusting things,” one said. “I felt so dirty that even the water I drank afterwards tasted like it had been contaminated.”
"As recent research has shown, it is not just within institutions that Indian children suffer from sexual abuse. A 2007 Indian government-sponsored survey, based on interviews with 12,500 children in 13  different states, reported serious and widespread sexual abuse, thereby putting the government on notice about the gravity of the problem. Smaller surveys conducted by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have also painted a disturbing picture. Children are sexually abused by relatives at home, by people in their neighborhoods, at school, and in residential facilities for orphans and other at-risk children. Most such cases are not reported. Many are mistreated a second time by a criminal justice system that often does not want to hear or believe their accounts, or take serious action against perpetrators."
And it goes on and on.

The mere ability to vote and elect leaders does not earn the "democracy" label when women and children are sexually abused on the scale that occurs in India.

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