Woman Dies After a Gang Rape That Galvanized India
By HEATHER TIMMONS and SRUTHI GOTTIPATI
Published: December 28, 2012
NEW DELHI — As protests grew in India Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, police said her attackers would be charged with murder.
The charges came as government officials appealed for calm in the streets after the woman, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, died early Saturday in a Singapore hospital. In a statement, Dr. Kelvin Loh, the chief executive of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, said the woman died “peacefully.”
Revulsion and anger over the rape have galvanized India, where women regularly face sexual harassment and assault, and where neither the police nor the judicial system is seen as adequately protecting them. Top officials now say that further change is needed, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his “deepest condolences.”
I’m posting this partly in the hope that others might find and post more info on this case and larger topic. WTH is going on?! Is this a tempest in a teapot? Is there a cultural problem going on here that both leads to such violent acts while at the same time leading to many/most such acts not being reported officially? If the latter, the roots may be greater than the Indian government can remove in a few months or even years!