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South African Teen Dies of Gang Rape Injuries

 A 17-year-old South African girl has died of injuries received in a gang rape over the weekend, provoking rare cries of outrage on Wednesday in a country with a high level of sexual violence.

In an echo of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus in December, the Cape Town-based Cape Argus newspaper said the victim was sliced open from her stomach to her genitals. She was dumped on a building site in the town of Bredasdorp, 130 km east of Cape Town.

The Indian case triggered protests against endemic anti-female violence. But the Bredasdorp murder is unlikely to provoke a similar outpouring of anger in South Africa, where women's groups say rape has lost the power to shock.

"It is difficult to find reason behind the many different acts of gang rape, child rape, rape of the elderly, corrective rape and male rape,'' the Women's League of the ruling African National Congress said in a statement.

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by: Marisol from: Canada
February 09, 2013 7:02 PM
This was a vile, despicable, evil crime and must be punished by the harshest of means. These men (animals) had no empathy or compassion towards the young woman they gang raped, barbarically disembowelled, mutilated, and killed. Any man or juvenile who brutally rapes a woman, child or baby is an abhorrent, sick poison and scourge of society and, in the words of WCD Minister Krishna Tirath, should be hanged. Not incarcerated, but hanged. This would serve as a deterrent to the rest of these vile, despicable rapists, including juveniles, for their heinous, barbaric, savage, evil sexual crimes against women, children, and babies. Perhaps, Africa, you could learn from India? AFRICA, WHERE IS YOUR SHAME?? Your government, with its ineptitude and complacency, has allowed these monstrous atrocities to continue for decades, and in fact centuries. In NOT dealing harshly with these heinous sexual crimes against women and children long before now, your government has caused your country to become overrun with depraved, savage, vile rapists who commit barbaric sexual crimes against women and children! AGAIN, AFRICA, WHERE IS YOUR SHAME??

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