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Bus Rape in Delhi

NorthReport
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How is this possible?

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NorthReport
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Like where was the bus driver?

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And where are the Indian male protestors over this most despicable event?

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Actually, there have been running street battles in New Delhi for two days running, in spite of the riot act (no gatherings of more than four people) being read, tear gas thrown, fire hoses loosed upon the protestors.

I have seen pictures and it seems to me (hard to say, I will admit) that there are many men in the crowds protesting. 


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NorthReport
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Tks. The pics i have seen up to now seemed to show only women

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I am curious though about the bus driver's role in all of this It may well be that he / she repord the incident but would like to know The woman who was beaten and raped apparently is in critical condition in hospital

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Washington post today Indian police use tear gas to quell protest as demonstrations continue After gang rape

kropotkin1951
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India is a basket case of a country which is run by corrupt politicians in the pockets of global capital while the people are literally starving to death.  Their whole political system needs to be replaced with one that gives some modicum of democracy to the people being affected by rampant globalization. Human rights abuses are pervasive in India but go mostly  unreported in the Western media.  After centuries of British rule and 60 years of "democracy" it is still a feudal society where women have little or no rights unless  they are part of the upper class.

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Police figures show that, in Delhi, a rape is reported on average every 18 hours and some form of sexual attack every 14 hours.

Indian novelist Arundhati Roy said rape is seen as a "matter of feudal entitlement" in many parts of the country, and the reason this case had come to light is because the woman victim belongs to the affluent middle class.

She said attitudes towards women need to change in India, because a change in the law only will protect middle class women, but "the violence against other women who are not entitled will continue".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20826070


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While all that may be true, Kropotkin, I note that there is a powerfull anti corruption movement in India, and there are people in the streets protesting a rape.

Can't say that much for Canadians.

 


kropotkin1951
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They have protests all the time.  Last year they had major anti-corruption protests that saw the police brutally attacking protestors. Gang rapes like corruption are not the disease they are the symptoms of the disease and that disease is infecting more and more parts of the globe every day.

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We are here, all of us, because like many others in this country we are concerned about the rampant corruption that is hollowing out the institutions of our democracy. Twenty years ago, when the era of “liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation” descended on us, we were told that public sector units and public infrastructure needed to be privatised because they were corrupt and inefficient.

We were told the problem was systemic. Now that nearly everything has been privatised, when our rivers, mountains, forests, minerals, water supply, electricity and communications systems have been sold to private corporations, we find that corruption has grown exponentially, the growth rate of corruption has surpassed everything we could possibly imagine. In scam after scam, the figures that are being siphoned away are completely off the charts. It is not surprising that this has enraged the people of this country. But that anger does not always show signs of being accompanied by clear thinking.

Among the millions of understandably furious people who thronged to Jantar Mantar to support Anna Hazare and his team, corruption was presented as a moral issue, not a political one, or a systemic one — not as a symptom of the disease bu the disease itself. There were no calls to change or dismantle a system that was causing the corruption. Perhaps this was not surprising because many of those middle-class people who flocked to Jantar Mantar and much of the corporate-sponsored media who broadcast the gathering, calling it a “revolution” — India’s Tahrir Square — had benefited greatly from the economic reforms that have led to corruption on this scale. (The same media has in the past ignored rallies of hundreds of thousands of poor people who have gathered in Delhi in the past because their demands did not suit the corporate agenda).

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-when-corruption-is-viewed-fuzzily-/78...


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On the front page of Tehelka, there's a video of an undercover reporter asking New Delhi police about the rapes there.  There are subtitles.  

 http://tehelka.com/  

"No rape in Delhi can happen without the girl's provocation." 


kropotkin1951
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The police culture there looks a lot like our Canadian one that led to the needless deaths of mostly aboriginal women at the hands of Pickton.  In Vancouver if a white woman gets raped and murdered in the UBC area the police throw all the resources they have at the crime, in the DTE they look the other way.


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update on this story, Police suspended, force under investigation:



Garn. I can't seem to insert the link in this new user friendly format.  You'll have to cut and paste.



 http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Action-taken-against-policemen-explanation-sought-Lt-Governor/Article1-980233.aspx


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I note today that CBC news had coverage of New Delhi today, and things are not as sedate on camera as the above story seemed to indicate.  People were thick against the police barracades.  

And I note they were all men.

It would be nice to believe that they are all there because they are outraged by the gang rape and other rapes in New Delhi, but knowing my gender I am wondering if they are there or also there because of general grievances against the local police. 

 


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