News / Asia

India Vows Action Following Brutal Gang Rape

Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
x
Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
Demonstrators during a protest rally organised by various women's organisations, New Delhi, Dec. 21, 2012.
VOA News
Indian officials are vowing to take measures to better protect women following the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital.
 
Police have so far arrested five people in connection with Sunday's attack and said Friday that they are searching for a sixth assailant. The suspects are accused of rape and attempted murder, with police seeking life imprisonment for the perpetrators.
 
The woman was attacked after she and a male friend were given a ride on a chartered bus in New Delhi. Officials say a group of men raped her and beat both of the victims with an iron rod, later stripping them and dumping them on the road. The woman remains hospitalized with severe internal injuries.
 
Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Friday announced a series of measures to prevent such violence. He said bus drivers' licenses will be thoroughly checked, tinted or otherwise covered bus windows will be banned, and plainclothes police officers will be deployed on buses. Authorities will also crack down on drunk driving and those who drink and loiter in New Delhi.
 
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters in the Indian capital marched to the presidential mansion on Friday, demanding strong action against those accused in the attack and better protection for women against violence and harassment.
 
More than 600 cases of rape have been reported in New Delhi so far this year, one of the highest rates in the country.
 
On Thursday, an Indian think tank released a study revealing that 27 political candidates have been accused of raping women. The Association for Democratic Reforms did not, however, record how many of the accused have been found guilty.
  • An Indian protester shouts slogans as he is stopped by police during a protest against a recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
  • Indians protesting the recent gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, display a poster calling for death penalty for offenders at a rally in Kolkata, December 27, 2012.
  • Police stand near barricades as they prepare to stop protesters on their way to India Gate while demonstrating against the gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 27, 2012.
  • People participate in a candle light vigil for the recovery of the young victim of the recent brutal gang-rape in a bus in New Delhi, India, December 26, 2012.
  • A woman is removed by Indian police while protesting against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi, India, December 25, 2012.
  • Police and relatives carry the body of Subhash Tomar, a police man, during his funeral in New Delhi, December 25, 2012. Tomar died after he was injured during a protest over a gang rape in New Delhi.
  • Members of the All India Democratic Students Organization (DSO) hold placards and shout slogans condemning the brutal gang rape of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi during a protest in Ahmadabad, India, December 24, 2012.
  • Indian police use water cannons to push back protesters during a demonstration near the India Gate against the gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus last week, in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
  • An Indian man overwhelmed by tear gas lies on the ground during a protest in New Delhi, India, December 23, 2012.
  • A demonstrator holds a placard in front of India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organized by various women's organisations in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.
  • People participate in a candlelight vigil for the fast recovery of a young woman as she fights for her life at a hospital after being brutally raped and tortured, in New Delhi, India, December 21, 2012.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

As the digital world becomes more mobile, so too do concerns about eroding privacy and increased hacking More

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

Film by Richard Raymond is based on true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends More

Obesity Poses Complex Problem

Professor warns of obesity’s worldwide health impact More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
 Previous    
by: TheAgentOfTruth from: Near Boston, Ma USA
December 21, 2012 4:17 PM
Life imprisonment? A failure in my opinion. In order to send a CLEAR MESSAGE to potential rapists and murderers, the citizens of India, as well as the rest of the world...that these crimes will NOT BE TOLERATED, the people who committed this crime need to be EXECUTED in a public square. Immediately. On television. Not next week, not next month, long after most everyone has forgotten about the issue. Otherwise the only message that India or any other country is sending is that: 'This person/s is rather dangerous / should be kept off the streets...so we will be happy to securely house them and take good care of them for the rest of their lives...and the citizens of the country will pay for the costs associated with this care and housing.
I do not see this as an effective deterrent.

by: Allenwood from: New Mexico, USA
December 21, 2012 4:11 PM
EMASCULATION for all CONVICTED rapist. This brutality has to be met with an equal and appropiate response from the global community and it's judicial systems.

by: Subodh Varma from: Mexico City
December 21, 2012 3:55 PM
The accused should not be sentenced to anything; they should be shot dead in a public place and the shooting should be televised. Why? So that every one gets to know what happens to any rapist and will not even dare to think about it. Anybody who opposes this has this challenge of mine: how would you feel if the victim were one of your family?

by: Manhar from: Lake Oswego, USA
December 21, 2012 3:48 PM
In many countries this has been done to set control over such llawlessness. Cut thier manhood is the only way to retaliate such behaviors. I am afraid many politicians indulge in such activities so it is a question whetther congress would pass such laws.or not.

by: Anonymous
December 21, 2012 3:39 PM
I suggest that you all read the book "Half the Sky" Indian women are raped every day in sex slavery and India is one of the worst contries when it comes to this. The only reason this girl made news is that she is probably middle class and was with a man, but children as young as 8 are forced into prostitution every day in the red light districts and nobody does anything!

by: Prashant from: USA
December 21, 2012 3:25 PM
Dear media friends, please raise a FUND for her(23 yr Old Delhi Girl), where we all can participate, she would definitely need lots of money in coming future and it will help.. Thanks !!

by: Blackwood from: USA
December 21, 2012 3:09 PM
I think Paki ISI is involve in this case some how.

by: MuckrakerW from: Ohio
December 21, 2012 1:45 PM
In the 1960s the U.S. had rape as a national concern also. With such vicious and frightful rapists as the Boston strangler, Albert DeSalvo and the Cincinnati strangler, Posteal Laskey, 29, Cincinnati and Boston were on 24/7 alert by police authorities to catch these guys. Growing up at the time I remember at dusk women would flee the streets and bolt their doors in both these cities. Now Indian women are facing the same terror. www.globalbabbler.com

by: ssp from: USA
December 21, 2012 1:32 PM
The problem with India is that it is stuck in a world between modernity and traditions. It is stuck between corruption and progress, between thugs and cowards between dreamers and destroyers. The corrupt politicians as well the ancient patriarchal society, the urge to ape western traditions, neglect of the good cultural values as well as these thugs who should be castrated are all responsible. It is just that the brutality and the actors involved have made this heinous crime conspicuous but incidents such as these occur throughout the country and the perpetrators go free because they are either protected, the police are incompetent/corrupt and the judiciary is a joke. I am glad to be in America!!!!!
In Response

by: MIke
December 21, 2012 2:26 PM
"The problem with India is that it is stuck in a world between modernity and traditions" - It's all a matter of degree. The same can be said about the US. Just look at the red vs blue vote in the recent US election. It was cast along the same geographical lines as were set during the slavery (pre-civil war) period.
In Response

by: Smer from: US
December 21, 2012 2:18 PM
Shocking and sad to think, these heartless rapists and criminals were innocent babies once, but a little extra freedom from the parents or society or schools or environment they grow up in lead to diminishing of cultural and social values which in turn leads to this type of dispicable behavior. As archaic and uncool as the cultural and social values seem, they are what keep humans from turning into scum. This goes to show us how important of a task is it to raise our children right and SHAPE them into responsible and caring adults.
In Response

by: Dev from: Chennai
December 21, 2012 2:13 PM
I agree with most of the comments except last sentence. Problems are everywhere including America but it is more pronouced and on big scale in India. Generally, Indians do not have a civic pride and lack social responsibility.
In Response

by: ven from: Boston MA
December 21, 2012 2:03 PM
I seriously have a question to all the people who think our nation is a democratic nation.I sincerely request all the people to think once:
As a citizen of India “WHAT IS THAT YOU DID TO YOUR NATION”
I don’t say everyone has to be a politician or a business man, please do your responsibilities as a true citizen.



Comments page of 2
 Previous    

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
X
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs