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Indian Lynch Mob Hangs Suspected Rapist

India Lynch Mob

A lynch mob in the Indian state of Nagaland broke into a jail and hung a suspected rapist in public on Thursday night. Whoa – we all knew India needed to step up it’s game when it comes to ending the country’s rape culture, but is a lynch mob the best they could come up with?

Thousands of furious Indians swarmed the streets and broke into the Central Jail in the city of Dimapur, where they stripped and beat Syed Farid Khan, a Muslim immigrant from neighboring Bangladesh who was accused of raping a 19-year-old Naga tribal woman multiple times. The crowd then tied his body to a motorcycle and dragged it 7 kilometers to a clock tower, where he was strung up for display. And just in case that wasn’t enough, the violent mob also destroyed Muslims’ houses and shops in town.

Khan’s brother has accused police of falsely implicating his brother in the rape to try to root out non-tribals from Nagaland, which is predominantly Christian. Apparently indigenous groups have long accused Muslim migrants from Bangladesh of illegally grabbing their fertile land and have previously campaigned to evict Bengali-speaking immigrants from their territory. But the girl is sticking to her story and town police superintendent Meren Jamir said her initial medical report “confirmed rape and other … injuries on her body”.

Well, I certainly hope Khan was guilty because that was a fairly brutal way to go – especially considering he hadn’t even gone to trial yet. If corruption in India lets rapists get away with their crimes, it’s quite likely that it also gets innocent men arrested for rapes committed by others. Maybe India should hold off on the mob justice for now… or at least until after the trial?

Khan’s lynching coincides with controversy over a government order to ban the broadcasting of India’s Daughter, a documentary about the fatal gang-rape in December 2012 of a young student in New Delhi. The film by award-winning Briton Leslee Udwin features conversations with Mukesh Singh and fellow convicts who raped and tortured the 23-year-old woman on a moving bus.

In the documentary, Mukesh blames the victim for the crime and resisting rape. He also says women are more responsible than men for rape.

“You can’t clap with one hand — it takes two hands,” he says in the film.

“A decent girl won’t roam around at nine o’clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy …. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things. About 20 per cent of girls are good.”

The documentary was due to air on the Indian news channel NDTV to mark International Women’s Day but was dropped after the government intervened.

The Indian government also asked YouTube to block global access to the documentary. Unfortunately for them, asking for a worldwide ban is the pretty much the most effective way to get the entire world to watch it. Didn’t they learn anything from watching Kim Jong un freak out over The Interview?

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India’s Top Cop: If You Can’t Prevent Rape, You Enjoy It!

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It’s never a good idea to make a rape joke – especially if you’re a top police official in charge of several rape investigations and especially if you’re in India, a country still outraged over last year’s fatal rape of a 23-year-old student.

But nobody told that to India’s Central Bureau of Investigations chief Ranjit Sinha, who is now in hot water over a particularly insensitive comment: “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.”

Ranjit Sinha made the remark at a conference on Tuesday while discussing illegal sport betting and the need to legalize gambling. Arguing that if the state could not stop gambling, it should at least bring in some revenue from it, Sinha said:

“If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, ‘If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.”

Sinha apologized for making the offensive remark, but insisted that the quote had been taken out of context and misinterpreted. Not sure if that would be appropriate in any context, but angry activists certainly aren’t buying his apology. Instead they are calling for his resignation – or worse.

“It is sickening that a man who is in charge of several rape investigations should use such an analogy,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat told reporters. “He should be prosecuted for degrading and insulting women.”

And if he can’t prevent being prosecuted, he might as well sit back and enjoy it.

Via: ABC News

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Four Men Convicted in Delhi Gang Rape

Delhi Gang Rape

India got a little less rapey on Tuesday when four men were convicted in the fatal gang rape last year of a 23-year-old student in Delhi.

Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, and Pawan Gupta were accused to raping a 23-year-old student on a Delhi bus in December. The victim died 10 days later from massive internal injuries—but not before she testified against her attackers. Each of the four men were found guilty and face the death penalty.

“I convict all of the accused. They have been found guilty of gang rape, unnatural offences, destruction of evidence… and for committing the murder of the helpless victim,” Judge Yogesh Khanna pronounced. 

Sentencing will happen on Wednesday but demonstrators outside the Delhi courthouse are pushing for the death sentence over life in prison. “Hang Them! Hang Them! Hang Them!” they chanted after the verdict was passed down.

The case shocked the nation and led to huge protests across India and, eventually, stricter laws against sexual assault. But not strict enough when it comes to juveniles. The 17-year-old involved in the rape and murder was convicted and sentenced last month to only three years in a juvenile correctional facility.

The victim’s family was not impressed.

“I do not accept this verdict,” said the victim’s mother. “If three years is all that they wanted to give, why did they make us wait all this while? They could have given it earlier.”

But they are quite pleased with the latest “adult” verdict.

“We are happy with the conviction. Now we expect the judge to sentence all of them to death,” the victim’s father told Indian media after the verdict.

We will get complete closure only if all the accused are wiped off from the face of the earth. This is what they did to our daughter most brutally.”

The sixth man involved – the bus driver – gave himself a head start and hung himself in a Delhi jail back in March. If only the others would follow suit instead of vowing to appeal the convictions to a higher court. Won’t anyone think of the taxpayer dollars!?

In other depressing rape news, a United Nations survey released today reports that nearly a quarter of men in Asia have admitted to raping at least one woman. While rape was particularly common within relationships, one in 10 men also admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. Why? The number one reason was “sexual entitlement”. The number two reason? Entertainment.

Via: BBC News

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American Woman Gang-Raped in India

American raped in India

Oh India, you never fail to disgust me. A 30-year-old American tourist was gang-raped in India after accepting a ride from a truck driver and two other men. Accepting a ride was her second mistake. Her first mistake was going to India.

The woman was attacked in Manali, a tourist destination in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, when she accepted a lift from the three men. According to police inspector Abhimanyu Kumar, medical tests have confirmed that the tourist was raped and police are hunting for the accused men.

“The woman cannot remember the number plate of the truck and she could not understand what the accused were talking about. They drove the truck to an isolated spot and raped her for nearly one hour,” Kumar said.

Although no arrests have been made so far, police have set up roadblocks and ordered every truck driver in Manali to report to the police station.

India’s no stranger to tourist rape. A Swiss cyclist was gang-raped in central state of Madhya Pradesh in March, a South Korean tourist was allegedly drugged and raped in January by the son of the owner of a hotel where she was staying, and a British woman leaped from her hotel room balcony in Agra when she feared being sexually assaulted by a member of her hotel staff. More recently (and by more recently, I mean on Saturday), a 21-year-old Irish charity worker was allegedly drugged and raped after drinking a cup of tea at an Indian businessman’s house.

According to a survey by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India, this isn’t great for tourism. The increasing reports of rape in India—especially of foreigners—has caused the number of foreign women tourists to drop by 35 percent.

Via: The Times of India

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Engineering Students in India Create Anti-Rape Underwear

Anti-Rape Underwear

Three engineering students in India have developed anti-rape underwear that emits powerful shocks and automatically alerts authorities. Well that’s one way to solve the rape problem in India…

The anti-rape underwear — called SHE or “Society Harnessing Equipment” — contains an electric shock circuit board near the breasts along with GPS and GSM modules.  The bra has the capability of shocking a person up to 82 times and as well as sending alerts to the police and the girl’s parents.

“A person trying to molest a girl will get the shock of his life the moment pressure sensors get activated, and the GPS and GSM modules would send an SMS on emergency number 100, as well as to parents of the girl,” Manisha Mohan, co-developer of SHE said.

The students decided to place the electrical circuit in the bra instead of the underpants after discussions with victims and law enforcement agencies revealed most women were first attacked in the breast area. Pressure sensors woven into the fabric of the clothing trigger the 3800kV electric shocks but the inside of the bra is lined with an insulating polymer to protect the wearer.

Note: the picture above is not the actual anti-rape underwear prototype. But I wish it was. The actual product is still being tweaked but will available for sale next month. 

The students were motivated by the recent rape attacks in their country. The Delhi gang rape of a 23-year-old student in December sparked outrage across the country leading the Indian government to approve harsher punishments for rape. But rape is still a huge issue in India. Last month a Swiss tourist was gang raped while camping and a British tourist jumped off a balcony to escape sexual harassment. If only they had a taser strapped to their boobs….

Via: The Times of India 

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Suspect in India Gang Rape (Ram Singh) Found Dead in Jail: Kinda had it coming…?

Ram Singh Delhi Gang Rape

Ram Singh, the main suspect in the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi was found dead in his jail cell early this morning.

Prison authorities say that Ram Singh was found on Monday hanging from a ceiling grill with a makeshift rope comprised of bed sheets. Tihar prison officials are calling the incident a suicide, citing Singh’s violent behavior and mood swings. The prison is currently conducting an internal investigation over what is being called a major lapse in prison security.

Singh’s family and defense lawyers, however, insist that the 33-year-old was murdered.

“He was killed and later hanged in the jail… It was not suicide,” said Mangey Lal, Ram Singh’s father, talking to reporters outside Tihar jail. He also said his son had been raped in prison by other inmates, and repeatedly threatened by prisoners and guards.

According to Singh’s lawyer, V K Anand, “There were no circumstances which could have led to Ram Singh committing suicide. There was no mental stress. He was very happy… The trial was going on very well.” Well, I don’t think the trial was going that well for him. And the alleged prison rapings probably created a bit of mental stress.

Ram Singh, along with his brother Mukesh, are two of the six men accused of the rape and murder and are being tried in a special “fast track” court in Delhi. Singh was the first suspect detained by the police and his confession ultimately led to the arrest of the other men. Although Singh had yet to testify in court, the police say they have enough forensic evidence to link all six men to the murdered woman and her friend, who was also badly beaten in the attack.

On a lighter note, Oscar Pistorius, the South African accused of killing his girlfriend, may also be “on the verge of suicide”. Note to self: killing people may cause suicide.

Via: The New York Times

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