Gang Rapes Trigger Outrage in India
Women say police ignore sexual violence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services Suggested by wd56
Posted Dec 19, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Indian protesters hold placards as they block a major traffic intersection during a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday.   (Altaf Qadri)

(Newser) – The hours-long gang rape and near-fatal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi triggered outrage and anger across the country today as Indians demanded action from authorities who have long ignored persistent violence and harassment against women. In the streets and in Parliament, calls rose for stringent and swift punishment against those attacking women, including a proposal to make rapists eligible for the death penalty. As the calls for action grew louder, two more gang rapes were reported, including one in which the 10-year-old victim was killed.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old victim of the first rape lay in critical condition in the hospital with severe internal injuries. Police said six men raped the woman and savagely beat her and her companion with iron rods on a bus driving around the city—passing through several police checkpoints—before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road Sunday night. "I feel it is sick what is happening across the country," said Smitha, a 32-year-old protester who goes by only one name. "It is totally sick, and it needs to stop."

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Dec 20, 2012 2:01 PM CST
Totally unrelated, but I miss the Newser by user section. Thanks for the story wd56.
Dec 20, 2012 10:43 AM CST
And I thought conditions were bad on the tour bus...
Dec 20, 2012 10:03 AM CST
" two more gang rapes were reported, including one in which the 10-year-old victim was killed. " You can argue left and right about the value of justice vs revenge and how a govt or a state would sanction one or the other is right or wrong. You may even be completely right that state sponsered revenge is wrong under any circumstance. You could never convince me though, regardless of your stance on states, govts and death penalties that if the father or any other relative of this girl sought out, and killed all involved, that there is anything wrong with revenge itself.