In Hyderabad, a young woman — a veterinarian — is the newest victim of India’s relentless, shameful rape epidemic.
The description of the crime is so grotesque that I do not want to do it here. Basically, four men gang raped and killed her, and then burned her body, and left the remains on the street. And media, to sell the news, published that picture, and disclosed the victim’s identity widely.
So, point is, women’s safety is zero in India today. If such a violent and grotesque crime can happen in a big city like Hyderabad, and that too, around 9.30 P.M., then imagine what is happening across the country in remote, rural areas — in dark. We’ve had many examples.
Of course, the people in power vehemently deny that the situation is grim. Worse, BJP’s driving engine Hindu supremacist RSS’ top leader Mohan Bhagwat has said that such crimes only happen in big cities, and never in villages, because big cities have Western influence that is causing these crimes.
So, we know their position.
Second, when the much-publicized Delhi gang rape (nicknamed “Nirbhaya”) happened a few years ago, there were a lot of liberal outrage and candle light vigils. Since then, India saw rape and murder of hundreds of women in every corner of the country, and yesterday’s Hyderabad tragedy is another incident which got some media attention because of its very grotesque nature.
Both Hindu and Muslim men are responsible for it: police just caught all four of them. Women are in such precarious situation that I believe it deserves international intervention.
I have compared India’s rape epidemic with the gun violence epidemic here in USA, and have wrote series of articles on this website. If you want, you can visit one of the articles, and find related links there.
I am not sure what else I can do. Those of you who live in India might think of possible action plans. In my opinion, India is imploding on all fronts — economic, social, and political.
Picture courtesy: Creative Commons.