Two days prior to the death of the 23-year-old rape victim from India, on December 27 the Vatican released a statement from the Cardinal of Bombay. During his Christmas Mass homily, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, blamed the recent gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi on the exclusion of God within society. Today the “New York Times” is reporting the young physiotherapy student died peacefully in a Singapore hospital in the early hours of Saturday, December 29th.
As New Delhi erupts further into violent protests over the death of a young woman, whose name has not been released, due to a horrific gang rape two weeks earlier in December, the world waits for justice against the attackers who may likely face the death penalty. The police and judicial system of India is under intense scrutiny for not protecting the women of the country from harsh treatment, consistent sexual harassment and assault, with most even foregoing reporting sexual violence due to the police’s lack of sensitivity.
Cardinal Gracias of Bombay reflected upon the tragic gang rape during his Christmas Mass homily labeling this most offensive crime a “terrible example of the malaise of India,” blaming the violence on a lack of God being present in the every day lives of people within the society and “one of the consequences of the marginalization of God from our lives.” He went further insisting that to “combat this contempt against women and to affirm the peace of Christ, we must bring God and Christian values to the center of our lives.”
No official statement has been made from the Vatican other than the report of the death of the rape victim from India. She died of severe trauma to her body including cardiac arrest, major brain injury, and suffered infections of the lungs and abdomen, after having three abdominal surgeries caused by the injuries from a metal rod used during the rape, which occurred on a moving bus.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of rape and in search of counseling, contact the Long Island Crisis Center. Pleas say a prayer tomorrow at Mass for the rape victim’s family and the women of India so that they may find peace and safety from the acts of sexual violence.
Sources: Vatican News and New York Times
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