INDIA RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD – India, like any country, has its fair share of social problems and crime; however the number of rape cases involving very young girls continues to outrage the world and the women of India.
In the latest event to hit the world stage is the heinous attempted rape, by two men, on an 11 year old child.
As the two men attempted to rape her the young girl reportedly bit the hand of one of her attackers and attempted to flee. It was then that the attackers poured kerosene over the girl and set light to her.
As the young girl from Salkia in Howrah, near Kolkata in the eastern Indian state lay screaming in flames a number of villagers attempted to help her. The girl, who hasn’t been named, was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital where she was later transferred. At the time of her death doctors noted that she had suffered 70 per cent burns to her body.
Two local men, Kundan Mullick and Suraj Mullick, have been arrested and the girl’s father has told police that the men likely attacked his daughter as revenge for a dispute he had recently had with Kundan a few days earlier.
During the initial interrogation Kundan denied responsibility for setting the girl alight and blames the incident on his friend Suraj.
Once again India is thrown in the spotlight over the increasing atrocities leveled upon women; who are often seen as little more than chattel. Over 500 women took to the streets of Howrah and protested outside the local police station demanding that both men be hanged for their crime.
The India Times reported that the girl told her landlady, the person who initially found her, of the events and those involved. Police are using this evidence as the girls last dying words.
It is clear that the Indian Authorities are unable to tackle the rising crime of rape against very young girls and it makes you wonder what type of society continues to deny there is a problem.
There is no doubt that this latest heinous crime will only add to the anger the women of India already has towards the authorities and it is expected that this will only increase public demand that attitudes towards women and women’s rights in India is changed.
It is time India changed its attitude towards women and the crime of rape. No women, especially a child, should be subjected to this level of brutality.
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