Thou­sands take to streets as rapes out­rage es­ca­lates

The Southland Times - - WORLD -

IN­DIA: The rape and mur­der of an 8-year-old girl and the rape of a teenager have sparked mass protests, with lev­els of pub­lic out­rage not seen since the death of a young woman on a bus in 2012.

Yes­ter­day, thou­sands of peo­ple demon­strated in New Delhi, Mum­bai, and other cities, de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment quickly pros­e­cute rape sus­pects. Candlelight vig­ils were also held.

The demon­stra­tions have be­come a com­ment on the state of the coun­try and how it treats its women and chil­dren – feed­ing off In­dia’s peren­nial bat­tles against cor­rup­tion, re­li­gious ten­sions and gen­der-based vi­o­lence.

They have also en­gulfed Naren­dra Modi’s rul­ing BJP party in an elec­tion year, with the party ac­cused of try­ing to shield a state MP in one case and of de­fend­ing the ac­cused in the other.

BJP crit­ics say a cul­ture of sec­tar­ian di­vi­sion and male en­ti­tle­ment among the rul­ing class stems from the party’s so­cially con­ser­va­tive agenda. – Tele­graph Group

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