The brutal rape of a young Indian medical student on a bus in India by six men who than beat her with a pole until she was in critical condition now ranks among the most horrible and shocking crimes in modern history. Shock and outrage over this senseless crime spread infectiously across India and worldwide upon receiving news that this young woman lost the battle to live. Today, Dec. 29, 2012, Rama Lakshmi has reported for The Washington Post, National uproar over young woman’s death triggers public conversation about rape.
On Saturday thousands of Indians poured into the streets of cities across the country to mourn the death of a young woman who was gang-raped nearly two weeks ago in an incident which has triggered a national conversation about violence against women. The police in India announced that the six men who were arrested in connection with the attack were charged with murder after the woman, who suffered a brain injury and serious internal damage, died at a hospital where she was sent for treatment in Singapore. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has commented, “We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change.”
Jim Yardley has also reported on this filthy crime for the New York Times, Leaders’ Response Magnifies Outrage in India Rape Case. The death early on Saturday of the young woman who was savagely assaulted and raped in New Delhi has spread into a volatile period of crisis that has hit upon a deep chord of discontent across India. Protests by Indians that began more than a week ago as painful cries against sexual violence in Indian society, have now spread into angry condemnations of a government whose response is alleged to have been a disgrace in response to concerns about sexual violence against women in India.
This is a very sad crime which should bring particular tears and outrage to every man and woman in this world who has a daughter and who wants to know when this type of brutality will cease on this planet. Even peace activists who generally oppose the death sentence may be having second thoughts in dealing with this crime. The medical profession and mankind lost a brave young woman to this horrible crime and that loss and the painful lessons learned from this horrible crime will live on in the hearts and minds of people across India and worldwide.