“The patient condition remains extremely critical as before,” said Dr. Kelvin Loh, CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. “Prior to coming to Singapore, she had three abdominal surgeries and cardiac arrests in India. Currently, we have a multidisciplinary team of specialists who are taking care of her and doing everything possible to stabilize her condition.” [CNN]
SHUDDERS thinking about the trauma and violence of the act, imagining it, sent fury through the Pakistani public.
The barbarians who allegedly perpetrated the inhumane and unspeakably brutal gang rape, which now includes charges of attempted murder, should be put to death. Slowly.
In a statement, India’s Prime Minister Singh echoed what we’ve heard through the entire term of Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department: “There can be no meaningful development without the active participation of half the population…”
Rape victims rarely press charges because of social stigma and fear they will be accused of inviting the attack. Many women say they structure their lives around protecting themselves and their daughters from attack.
Singh’s government set up two committees in response to the protests. One, looking into speeding up sexual assault trials, has already received 6,100 email suggestions. The second will examine what lapses might have contributed to the rape – which took place on a moving bus that passed through police checkpoints – and suggest measures to improve women’s safety.
“Let me state categorically that the issue of safety and security of women is of the highest concern to our government,” Singh said at a development meeting. He urged officials in India’s states to pay special attention to the problem.
“There can be no meaningful development without the active participation of half the population, and this participation simply cannot take place if their security and safety is not assured,” he said.
The son of India’s president, Abhijit Mukherjee, is now trending on Twitter, because of his scurrilous remarks, one of which was translated via this tweet:
“What’s happening in Delhi is like the Pink Revolution, conducted by people who have no idea of ground reality.”
The initial remarks of the PM’s son, which are below, stoked the outrage fueled by the gang rape of the 23-year old woman, forcing a retraction from Abhijit Mukherjee earlier today:
“It is fashion of a section of the community to hold protest marches just like visiting a discotheque. These sections do not have any connection with the people from the grassroots. They come decked up and painted,” Mukherjee commented in his home district of Birbhum, while celebrating Christmas.
#DentedPainted is trending on Twitter as a result, while Abhijit Mukherjee is being slammed.
Howie Klein was in Dehli and he agreed to let me share his email with you.
I’ve been in Delhi all week. The day before I got here a medical student was gang-raped on a bus and is fighting for her life in a hospital now. Her intestines have been removed. Turns out Delhi is the rape capital of India and rapes aren’t that uncommon. Sexual harassment is routine. The day I arrived, Delhi exploded in anger and the city– bigger than NYC and L.A. combined– is pretty much on lockdown. The center of town is inaccessible. Subway stops have been shuttered and roads barricaded by the security forces. The demonstrators say that most of the security apparatus is devoted to protecting a few hundred wealthy families and that the middle class in Delhi gets nothing– don’t even ask about the fate of the millions of poor people; no one here does. The demonstrations got out of hand and they’re now being termed “riots” and 2 days ago a policeman died of a heart attack, although the police are trying to somehow claim he was murdered by the demonstrators. Yesterday the police went crazy for revenge and have been beating up and abusing random demonstrators. They arrested half a dozen teenage girls, brought them to a jail and beat them up before releasing them. …
The reporting out of India shows signs that the government might finally take the second class treatment of women seriously and turn toward severely punishing the culturally sanctioned brutality against women in India that is handed down from generation to generation.
New Delhi alone reported 572 rapes last year and more than 600 in 2012. “I feel vulnerable here,” said Sharma, accompanied by her classmates. “I am very sure about it. Delhi is not safe for women.” – New Delhi rape exposes the perils of being a woman in India
The new media era continues to bring transparency to the violent crimes against women across the world, which have gone on for centuries in darkness.