Group protests violence after India rape
Sun, 06 Jan 2013 6:31p.m.
By Kate Harley
The identity of the victim of a fatal gang rape in India has, until today, been a closely guarded secret, thanks to legal restrictions. But today her father said he wanted the world to know his daughter's name. She was Jyoti Singh Pandey.
A court heard today that DNA tests of blood stains on clothing have linked five men and a juvenile to the fatal gang rape of Ms Pandey.
The crime against her has inspired protests in India, and now in New Zealand too. Shakti, a group working with Asian women who have suffered abuse in New Zealand, met with some of the survivors and local Asian feminists today to plan an Auckland protest.
“In Indian culture, status of women is very low,” says Shakti spokeswoman Suman Ramavat. “It’s a kind of objectification of women. They treat them as an object not as a human being, so whatever crimes, whatever happens against them, they take it very lightly.”
Shakti says these cultural ideas are travelling with migrants to New Zealand
“They are definitely coming to New Zealand, working with Shakti I come to know that women are going through the same thing.”
The organisation deals with around 600 calls a month from Asian women living here who may be struggling with abuse and says it's time for change.
“They have to leave their insensitive behaviour toward women,” says Ms Ramavat. “They should treat them also as human beings and laws shouldn’t be only written, they should be implemented.”
So while desire for a change of attitude in India continues, a silent protest will take place in Auckland City next Saturday.
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9/01/2013 2:28:18 p.m.
The Indian govt, it will take alot to make them change their laws as half of the top men have probably committed rape themselves being alot of them would be desperate with men out weighing woman severely in numbers. The bad thing about this is it has put a bad taste in the whole world's mouth and we are all thinking differently now. If India doesn't come out of the dark ages and into the real world they might find that they are a country about to go down the drain by being boycotted around the world as well. The monsters that did this should be put in cages in the street so they can get a taste of what they did given back to them, or a public hanging would be better. As for the dude on the tv last night saying she should have been nicer or praised god and they may have gone easier on her, it show what he thinks the pig!!!!
7/01/2013 11:35:14 a.m.
Absolutely horrific and unnacceptable response by the police and the Govt!! The Indian Govt needs to change policies and fast as the people of India are not stupid and deserve better than to be treated no better than animals!! Maybe the people of India need to demand an overhaul of the whole corrupt Govt and police force!
7/01/2013 9:12:15 a.m.
Totally in humane'the suffering and tramutised' murder' that this young girl'has indured at the evilness of these monsters! who clearly should be identified to the world that for the ones who a caught should be prime examples for those hidden and those that continue to do these acts of beastly evilness put to justice' and sentenced to a slow painful death.
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