For the 23-year-old student, intense public pressure may ensure that the perpetrators are caught and tried. But a crime against women is reported every 2 minutes somewhere in India, and three quarters of rape cases end with no convictions. Just this week two girls were gang raped in Bihar state. One is in critical condition and the youngest, a girl of just ten, and was brutalised to death and then dumped in the canal.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the Delhi High Court to take urgent action to set up five special fast-track courts to try sexual assault cases. Now, the best way to ensure justice for all is to force an agreement to put fast-track courts like this across India. We have to all act now — under public pressure, the will and possibility for action rises, but all too often politicians make bold promises to protect women only to forget about them when the spotlight fades.
It’s shocking, but not surprising, that 8 out of 10 women in Delhi fear for their safety. Equally there is nothing new in the fact that most women say they wouldn’t even think of telling the police about an attack for fear the cops would ignore them or worse blame them and abuse them. What is new is the level of outrage building across the country out of this terrible case. Together we can turn this firestorm of anger into a lightening bolt for change. Sign the petition now and forward it to everyone to safeguard the mothers and daughters of India:
Avaaz members in India have come together to protect children from brutal labour practices and freed Indian workers trapped in foreign countries. Together we have ensured that poorer people know their rights to free medical care. Now we can help the women and girls who face violent sexual attack.
Meredith, Alice, Jamie, Ian, Ricken, Rewan, Diego, Wen, Michelle and the rest of the Avaaz team
Delhi gang rape victim battles on, undergoes fifth surgery (Times of India)
Outrage grows in India over gang-rape on bus (AP)
Attempt-to-murder charge may be slapped on rapists (Deccan Herald)
Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of
Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times)
Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)