There are three stories below presenting the rape or molestation of 5 girls or women. I have little hope for Indian girls/women to ever be safe from predatory men; it is just too deeply ingrained. Van Linschoten was right 400 years ago, they are the most lecherous of men.
The death of a teenage girl in India’s northern Punjab state, after being thrown off a moving bus by staff who tried to molest her, triggered a furore in the country’s parliament yesterday.
Opposition parties demanded the resignation of provincial chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, whose son owns the company operating the bus involved. The girl (14) was pushed out near Moga, a small town 390km north of New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Mr Badal’s son, Sukhbir Singh, is the state’s deputy chief minister and their Akali Dal Party is an alliance partner of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.
Police said the teenager, along with her mother Shinder Kaur and brother Akashdeep, was hurled from the bus, after the driver, conductor and other staff tried to molest her. Police have arrested the driver and conductor, and are searching for others involved. (Indian buses are staffed by several people. Don't ask me what they all do aside from gang-raping girls).
“The incident reveals the lawlessness and anarchy that prevails in the state,” Punjab’s Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said yesterday.
“The transport company owned by the Badals has always been given preferential treatment,” he added.
Aam Aadmi (or Common Man’s Party) MP Bhagwant Mann said the police never checked or impounded Badal’s buses, even if they were involved in accidents.
“The Badals are a law unto themselves in the state and need to be curbed,” he said.
The incident is reminiscent of the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in Delhi. The crime outraged the entire country and led to more stringent laws against rape, voyeurism, stalking and acid attacks on women. But these have not proved to be a deterrent. In Delhi – known as India’s “rape capital” – over 300 rapes were reported in January and February.
The India Express
The family of 13-year-old Arshdeep Kaur who died after being pushed out of a bus here late Wednesday while resisting an alleged molestation bid has refused a postmortem and cremation. They are demanding registration of a case against Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who owns Orbit Company, to which the bus belonged.
Arshdeep’s father Sukhdev Singh also demanded that the four accused arrested by the police be paraded in front of his wife, who witnessed the alleged molestation. “Police have till now not even shown them to us for identification,” Sukhdev Singh said. Arshdeep’s mother, who was also pushed out of the bus, is hospitalised.
For more than 48 hours now, the body of Arshdeep, who studied in Class VII of a government school in Moga’s Lande Ke village, has been lying in the mortuary of Civil Hospital, Moga.
There are a number of versions of this story floating around, the above seem to be the most popular.
Conflicting information includes:
Both Mother and daughter were molested
Mother and daughter jumped off the bus
The daughter was anywhere from 13 to 16 years old.
|The Delhi bus referred to at the top of this post|
Within hours of the above story, a second horror story emerged from the same small area:
Indo-Asian News Service
A young woman in Punjab’s Moga district has alleged that she was gang-raped by her friend’s husband and his friends, police said on Friday. The woman’s claim came just hours after the horror story of a girl being killed after being pushed out of a moving bus by her molesters.
The victim, aged 23, claimed that she was gang-raped by her friend’s husband and others on the intervening night of April 29 and 30 (Wednesday and Thursday) at a secluded house in Marhi Mustafa village near Moga, 180 km from here.
Police have registered a case of rape against her friend’s husband and others following the complaint on Thursday.
No arrest has been made so far.
The victim claimed that she had gone to meet her friend at the latter’s house on Wednesday night along with her boyfriend. They decided to stay there overnight.
The friend’s husband came home drunk late in the night with seven other friends. They allegedly thrashed her boyfriend and took her to the tube-well room in a secluded part of the village.
She was gang-raped by the eight men after confining her to the room and allowed to leave the room only on Thursday morning.
|Moga, Punjab province, India|
The following story is a year and a half old, but I think it's important to know the level of debauchery of Indian men.
Delhi’s shame: 72 hours, 3 gangrapes - 2013
Express News Service
| New Delhi | Published on:November 16, 2013 12:57 am
Three incidents of gang-rape were reported from the capital in the last 72 hours. So far, police said they had arrested four persons in connection with the cases.
In the first incident,reported from Shalimar Bagh on Wednesday, a 16-year-old girl studying in a private school in the area was gangraped allegedly by her classmate and his three friends. Police said the classmate and one of his friends had been arrested.
In her statement to police, the girl said the classmate and she had become friends in March this year. She claimed that he forced her to engage in sexual activities, and later began blackmailing her claiming that he would tell her friends and others about their relationship. She claimed that he also forced her to have sexual relations with three of his friends.
According to police, the girl claimed that she did not report the matter to anyone and continued to be blackmailed. She finally informed her parents, following which police were informed.
In another incident, a 27-year-old airline ticketing agent was sedated and gangraped, allegedly by two men. Police said she was gangraped in her office, which is located in a shopping complex in Outer Delhi's Pitampura area.
In her statement to police,the ticketing agent said she knew both the men. She told police that the men had gone to her office on the pretext of booking tickets. There, she claimed, they offered her a drink laced with sedatives. After she fell unconscious, they allegedly locked the door and raped her, the woman told police.
The accused, identified as Sunil Chabbra and Sunil Sehgal,have been arrested, police said.
In a third incident, a 27-year-old married woman has alleged that she was gangraped by four men at knife-point at her residence on Thursday night.
According to police, the woman and her husband, who lived in Madhya Pradesh, are separated. They have two children, police said.
In her statement to police, the woman claimed that around 11 pm on Thursday, her husbands brother and uncle barged into the house. They were accompanied by two others, she claimed.
The four held her at knife-point and raped her, she told police.
Police said the woman was reportedly alone at home at the time of the incident.
All four men have been identified and a police team has been sent to Madhya Pradesh to trace them, police said.