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Let her rest in peace, let the rest of us never cease

Last night a 23 year old girl died.

Two weeks ago, after one of her post-graduate classes, she and a male friend boarded what they thought was a commuter bus to head home.  The girl was brutally gang-raped by the men on the bus.  Brutal is not a strong enough word for it, not when the men, after taking their turns with her, savagely mutilated her internal organs with an iron rod and then used it to beat her male companion before leaving them both for dead on the side of a highway.

The fact that she lived for two more weeks is something a miracle.  The fact that this sort of thing happens daily, perhaps even hourly in India is unspeakable.

For the past two weeks, Delhi has raged, protested, rioted.  Roads have closed, metro stations closed, friends have been tear-gassed, the out-of-touch have offered platitudes and formed “committees,” they say we should forgive and forget.

There should be no forgetting.

Thank goodness for the young people here who have protested, shouted, lit candles and stood their ground.  They are the bright, shining beacon of hope in all of this.

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10 thoughts on “Let her rest in peace, let the rest of us never cease

  1. I have been so angry, frustrated, sad every time I read the paper for the last couple weeks. A day after the Delhi incident, a five-year-old was raped in AP by a neighbor because her parents wouldn’t give him any water. Girls are raped by their teachers and then expelled from school for being shameful. It’s so disgusting and it’s happening all the time. Print media illustrates articles about rape with cartoons. Politicians and even doctors tell women it’s their fault. The police harass women when they try to report it.

    I hope something comes from the current outrage but I’m not optimistic. India is wearing me down.

    • ugh that story about the neighbor in AP is just horrible, disgusting. You are right there is so much wrong with the system beyond the men who commit the atrocious acts. So many different things to be fixed…

  2. It is because of post like this that cause change. People must become uncomfortable to accept a different view.
    Let your words of outrage be the drop that overflows the bucket.

  3. I have been meaning to write something about it too but I am so furious that I am not sure I can be diplomatic about it. I don’t know that I want to be diplomatic about it… It’s just horrible and it has moved a lot of people to the core. I can only hope that something good comes out of it.

  4. Thanks for posting about this Dani – I can imagine it has been a tumultuous time where you are. Hopefully this will be enough to affect a broad change with the many issues that are a part of it.

  5. Libertarians – have a good look at India. This is what happens when the government retreats from public life. Delhi has always been notorious for its thuggish street culture but when I went to college and then grad school there, there was public transportation at night. And there were lots of police checks at night. I remember watching movies at night and coming back with friends on DTC buses. Now “privatization” is the slogan and government has handed over matters to the private market. And this is the result. Let private security guards fill in for properly trained police. Let gated communities spring up where none existed before. And this is the result. RIP, young lady. You’re the victim not just of misogyny but a deliberate retreat of the government. Those thuggish murderers would never have dared roam the streets if the state hadn’t privatized itself to a minscule presence because of some stupid desire to “privatize” everything. I’m so proud of those young Indians who are out on the streets calling their government to account, forcing them to govern, reclaiming the space that is rightfully every Indians’. This is democracy in action and without any outside assistance for any “Pick your color” Revolution.

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