Thousands take to streets as rapes outrage escalates
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