Feb 7, 2013

Finally a Stricter Punishment for Rape in India?

A few weeks ago, there was a brutal crime in India, six  men kidnapped and gang-raped a 23-year-old woman on a bus and threw her onto the streets naked.  Sadly, she passed away in a hospital in Singapore.

The reality, as we well know, is that women, in India, are not treated equally with men.   This fact, often, contributes to a perception by some men that these acts are not so serious.   It is often useless for women in India to even go to the police for serious crimes as the police are, often, reluctant or unable to adequately assist because of the lack of quality human resources.

With a hot debate raging in India over the unfair treatment of women, the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, agreed to the new rape laws recommended by the government last Sunday. The new laws are stricter and will have harsher consequences for men mistreating women in India. Also, trials will be faster and the sentences will be longer.

Although the new laws will not go into effect right away, a bill with the new amendments will have to pass parliament - may not be too difficult if the protests continue.  The parliament has six weeks to pass the bill and we hope that they do for the sake of mistreated women in India and others worldwide.

For more information regarding the new laws, regarding mistreatment towards women see: "India president approves tough rape laws" by BBC

 by Andrew Yun
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