The two girls, probably aged 12 and 14, were gang raped when they went into the fields to go to the toilet, as many poor people in India are obliged to do. After being raped they were then hung from a tree by their own scarves. Pathology reports say they were alive when hanged.

The two girls, probably aged 12 and 14, were gang raped when they went into the fields to go to the toilet, as many poor people in India are obliged to do. After being raped they were then hung from a tree by their own scarves. Pathology reports say they were alive when hanged. Villagers gathered around the bodies to prevent authorities from removing them.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur has described rape as a social crime, saying “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong”, in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. In a country where a rape is REPORTED every 21 minutes (against many, many more that go unreported) his remarks are breathtaking for their stupidity.

Akhilesh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, has faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.

Gaur, who is from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.

“This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong,” said Gaur, the home minister responsible for law and order in BJP-run Madhya Pradesh.

“Until there’s a complaint, nothing can happen,” Gaur told reporters.

Photographs of the two girls held in the hands of the father of Murti and the uncle of Pushpa (left). They were utterly innocent, and they were people, not a statistic.

Photographs of the two girls held in the hands of the father of Murti and the uncle of Pushpa (left). They were utterly innocent, and they were people, not a statistic.

Astonishingly, Gaur also expressed sympathy with Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the regional Samajwadi Party. In the recent election, Mulayam criticised legal changes that foresee the death penalty for gang rape, saying: “Boys commit mistakes: Will they be hanged for rape?”

Babulal Gaur

Gaur

The BJP dismissed Gaur’s comments as an expression of his personal views, and not the party’s. Nevertheless, this foolish man has form, as can be seen in this story where he ascribes rape to the clothes women wear and their lack of religious attendance. Perhaps he might care to comment on what was wrong with the clothing warned by the CHILDREN in the photograph above?

Modi, who was sworn in as prime minister last week after a landslide election victory, has so far remained silent over the double killing in the village of Katra Shahadatganj, around half a day’s drive east of New Delhi. We say he should use his new-found authority to take a stand against the rape culture that clearly suffuses Indian society.

The father and uncle of one of the victims said they tried to report the crime to local police as soon as it was realised the girl’s were missing but they had been turned away.

Three men have been arrested over the killings. Two policemen were also held on suspicion of trying to cover up the crime.

Although a rape is reported in India every 21 minutes on average, law enforcement failures mean that such crimes – a symptom of pervasive sexual and caste oppression – are often not reported or properly investigated, human rights groups say.

More sex crimes have come to light in recent days. A woman in a nearby district of Uttar Pradesh was gang-raped, forced to drink acid and strangled to death. Another was shot dead in northeast India while resisting attackers, media reports said.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “especially appalled” by the rape and murder of the two girls.

“We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of, ‘Boys will be boys’,” he said in a statement this week that made clear his contempt for the language used by Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Prime Minister Modi, the world is watching, and waiting. We respectfully call on you to publicly distance yourself from these idiotic remarks, to discipline the people concerned, and to lead a movement to rid India of this curse. Then, at least, the despicable rape and murder of these young people may lead to some good, even if that will be cold comfort to their friends and families.

Should you wish to send feedback to Prime Minister Modi directly, you can use the feedback form here.

http://pmindia.nic.in/feedback.php

#yesallwomen

 

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  1. reasonablyliberal1 says:

    Insidious.

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