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Rape Victim Dies and Attacker Receives a 3-year Sentence

Updated on September 2, 2013
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This is the horrific rape case that angered all women in India for justice. Real justice, not just some bullshit. Even worldwide, the condemnation of this gang rape of a 23-year old student stole headlines.

It happened on Dec. 16, 2012, after the woman and her boyfriend watched the movie, "Life of Pi" at an upscale shopping mall. The couple mistakenly got onto an off-duty bus to go home. On the bus were six guys between 15-25. The woman was good looking and like a pack of wolves, one of the teens made alluding comments and subtle sexual advances that were a first thwarted by the boyfriend. The boyfriend was then attacked and restrained or knocked out and the pack descended onto and into the woman. While all this rape occurred, the bus simply drove through the streets of New Delhi, through traffic and past police cars.

The woman was gagged and repeatedly raped, one by one, and then in a real vicious moment, one guy decided to use a metal bar to ram up her vagina causing severe bleeding and damage. Once done, the couple was tossed along a rural road. The woman died two weeks later.

At the time of the attack, one rapist was 17 and according to Indian law, the maximum sentence he could ever get was three years. He is now 18. Had he been 18 at the time, he would have been executed. Four others were adults and now face the death penalty and the sixth rapist did his own justice, he hung himself in jail.

The case is on appeal challenging the age of the 17-year old. Because of corruption or lack of valid records in rural India, where the teen is from, there is hope that he was actually 18 nor 17 at the time of the crime.

The father of the woman and the rest of India are outraged about the sentence. The father told media that, "In this country, it is a crime to be born a girl". Reformists tried to have the age age to be tried as an adult dropped to 16 years, this failed in July.

The brutality of this crime is mind boggling and so disgusting. Woe to any woman in India.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Cannot agree with you more.

    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Horrific to me is an understatement. There are times when I just want these beasts repeatedly beaten and tortured. I think death for them is an easy way out.

      My heart goes out to all the victims and their families all around the world. This is just one case. I'm pretty sure there are a lot out there that were not reported.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      yes, another horrific rape was in Kenya, which I wrote about. She was walking home from her grandfather's funeral! The guys who raped her were sentenced to mowing the police station lawn!!!

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      Avinesh Prahladi 

      5 years ago from Chandigarh

      This is not at all a fair justice. Those guys should be hanged till death or should be given the worst punishment, so that the people start believing in the Indian judicial system. The Indian judicial system is not at all efficient to deal with such cases (seeing the verdict given in this hideous case). The main problem here is that people have no fear of rules & regulations, neither they believe in following them. They know that by bribing the officials they can get away with any sort of wrong doing. It's not that Indian men don't respect their women, they do, but the sex predators can be found everywhere. Rapes do take place in foreign countries as well and there are various examples for it.

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      5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      The culture is part of the problem. The patriarchal society want sons to carry on the family name, fewer and fewer girls are born. Add to that the dowry tradition (girls need to be married off with huge dowry, and wife was often abused for lack of dowry) only makes things even worse.

      Also this perp is a minor, IIRC.

      Not an excuse, more like a cultural frustration (i.e. "I'll never find a wife") metamorphized into mob crime.

      IMHO, the teacher abusing student is more heinous, but that's just me.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Huh, the Indian rapes are WAY worse and disgusting and you know it. Indian men do not respect their women.

    • kschang profile image


      5 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      It happens in the US too. Former teacher (now 54, crime happened 6 years ago, 2007) had sex with 14-year old female student, who later committed suicide. He got 31 days for statutory rape... and little else.

      What's worse, the judge apparently blamed the girl for "being older than her chronological age".

      Which is more shameful? Hmmm?

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      Michelle Orelup 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It is so hard to imagine that people can be so brutal, and for no reason. I agree, three years hardly seems like a fair sentence.


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