Patrice Ellerbe, Staff Writer
Last Modified: 12: 34 p.m. EDT, 16 January 2013
NEW DELHI, India – Only weeks after a shocking gang rape incident in New Delhi, six men have been arrested in India after being accused of abducting and raping a 29 year-old woman in India. The woman was said to be the only passenger on the bus as she traveled to her village in northern Punjab state on a late Friday night. The driver of the bus drove the woman to a location deserted of people, where he and five friends took turns raping her before dropping her off at her village early Sunday morning. The six suspects were arrested, and then confessed to the crime after the woman filed a complaint.
As for the incident that occurred only weeks before this, the five suspects that were accused of brutally raping a 23-year old woman are set to go to trial in a fast-track court. Outrage sparked nationwide once news got out that the victim and a male friend were lured onto a bus, beat, and brutally raped, resulting in death only a month ago. Because the sixth suspect is under the age of 18, he will be tried separately in a juvenile court. It was unfortunate that the woman died of her severe internal injuries on 29 December 2012 in a Singapore hospital.
Indian authorities have charged the men with murder, rape, kidnapping, and various other charges. According to the lawyer of three of the suspects, his clients will plead not guilty. The lawyer stated that the police used force to gain confessions from the men and also manipulated the evidence to make his clients seem guilty. Two of the suspects have stated they want to become witnesses for the prosecution in order to receive lighter sentences.
Protesters have called for tougher rape laws, major police reforms and a transformation in the way the Indian nation treats women, period.
It is disappointing when nations have not taken more serious action after situations like this have occurred multiple times, and in such a short time frame. In aggreance with protesters, India should enforce rape laws as well as begin the transformation as to how women are treated. In this day and age, equality is important. If women are not looked at as an equal, men will only continue to take advantage of them because they seem so weak. It is imperative that India enforces female equality, and if not that, make it known that it is not okay to keep violating the women of that or any other nation.
- ‘Slumdog’ star on rape in India (edition.cnn.com)
- There Was Another Gang Rape in India (theatlanticwire.com)
- India Gang Rape: Woman Assaulted By Bus Driver, Conducter (huffingtonpost.com)
- Another bus gang rape reported in India (cbsnews.com)
Staff Writer: @PatriceEllerbe