Yesterday, the trial of the woman attacked on a Delhi bus began. Five of the six men accused appeared in a closed court room in Delhi. The sixth suspect is 17 therefore, must be sentenced in a juvenile court. Three of the six men accused have pl …

Samantha Ritchie

 

Yesterday, the trial of the woman attacked on a Delhi bus began. Five of the six men accused appeared in a closed court room in Delhi. The sixth suspect is 17 therefore, must be sentenced in a juvenile court. Three of the six men accused have pled not guilty to raping the 23 year old woman on a Delhi bus.

The case has been fast tracked by the Indian government. There has been mass protests across India to stop violence against women and these protests continue outside the Delhi court room. Many Indian women feel that attitudes have changed among men in recent years, and they are becoming increasingly violent. 

A panel has been reviewing India’s laws on sex crime after the attack on a Delhi student. The panel has been led by ex-chief justice JS Verma who attacked the way India is governed. Moreover, the panel prepared a 600 page report in just 29 days, receiving 80,000 recommendations on what India had to change by women’s groups and citizens. Changing the laws in India when it comes to violence against women would be a momentous step forward for the Indian government.

However, last week it was reported that there has been another Indian gang rape on a bus. A twenty-nine year old woman was the only passenger on a bus traveling to the Northern state of Punjab. When attempting to get off the bus at her stop the driver refused to let her off. Subsequently, the driver and the conductor took her to a building where they met five of their friends and proceeded to brutally rape her. Six of the men have admitted to the rape, and they are currently looking for another suspect.

Millions of people have protested across India against the attack which happened in December. Yet, a month later another woman is attacked on a bus. Unless laws are changed in India women are going to be continually raped, assaulted or suffer any kind of violence against them. We must support our sisters in India to campaign and lobby the government to change legislation and combat violence against women of any kind.


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