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A Teenage Girl is Molested by Hundreds of Men in a 11 Hour Ordeal

A 15 year old teenage girl was mauled and molested by hundreds of men in an incident in India. Traumatic and unbelievable as this is, one of the things that I have find particularly distressing is that NGOs and Women's groups in India would like to "rehabilitate" her with her community.

In my work with violence on women in India -- this is one of the many factors that I am completely at odds with women's NGOs in India. The attempt of women's groups in India is to preserve the family and community structure. And it disregards human psychology and I think that this IS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR towards increasing violence on Indian women.

Take the recent incident for instance in the UK. A senior diplomat batters his wife and then the INdian government gives him diplomatic immunity! They even chided the wife for making her plight public. In a t.v. show in India the audience thought the government made a good move doing that -- because why should we put our dirty laundry out!

Hello dear friends -- that dirty laundry is killing women and girls in India in unimaginable numbers! And I think that women and NGO groups in India really need to break out of this psychological prison of family and community preservation.

What do you think? Here is Sunita's story -- the 15 year old girl who right now is in a government house.


busayo's picture

Dirty Laundry Already out

Hello Rita,
I quite agree with you that saving the lives of the women should be paramount to the Women NGO groups in India. The dirth laundry is already out. The whole world now know that many India men are animals. The human beings among them should expose the animals and let them be dealt with. Raping should attract death penalty in India especially. I really feel for the poor girl.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Rita Banerji's picture

Law and Order!

Dear Busayo,

I often say that if human societies were decent and just we would not need the police and the courts!! I think the tendency to social predation is there in most societies. But this could not happen if the law and order were in place. OFten in INdia -- the police and the local judiciary are a part of the problem!!

Rita Banerji

Manisha Joshi's picture

when will this stop!

Hello Rita,

Don't even have words to describe how I felt after reading your post! Change in societal attitudes towards women is crucial. However, we cannot keep waiting for societal attitudes to change - after all, we are a part of the society as well. Each and every one - men and women - need to take some individual responsibility for change towards a more civilized world!

A few months back , I was in India, my home country, for two months. And, within those two months - there were at least four cases of hate killings - couples who married outside their caste were tortured and killed - I was so disturbed that I could not help but wonder - when is all this going to stop??? who gains from all this?

Rita Banerji's picture


Hi Manisha,

Sorry it took me while to get back onto World Puslse and to reply to you. But I'm really glad to have connected with you. And I wish more people in India would think the way you do. That's exactly what we are pushing for in The 50 Million Missing Campaign. There is no excuse! And everyone is responsible!

Rita Banerji

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