Saturday, January 5, 2013


FROM TRAIN TO ESCAPE RAPE - A young woman is in hospital in critical condition after throwing herself off a moving train in an attempt to escape molestation. It’s the latest in a number of incidents that have exposed the vulnerability of women in India. The 25-year-old woman jumped from the carriage of a moving train after allegedly being molested by a soldier. 
The attack occurred while the train was en route from Darjeeling to Delhi. The man groped her after she had visited the lavatory. After pushing him back, the woman jumped from the Brahmaputra Mail line train. The mother of two is being treated in hospital in the city of Patna. “Her condition continues to be critical. A team of doctors is treating her. She has suffered injuries to her head and legs,” authorities said. A member of the Assam Rifles paramilitary force has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. 

It comes just weeks after a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped on a bus in Dehli, while her male companion was severely beaten. She later died from her injuries in hospital. In the immediate aftermath of the rape, no one responded to their cries for help. Police and passersby left the mortally injured female student lying naked and bleeding for almost an hour. Her case has resonated with the population as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to voice their anger over the attack and the lack of police response. The rapists have been arrested. Five of the men detained have been indicted with gang rape and murder, and are likely to face execution. 
People demanded new laws to protect Indian women. In an effort to provide more protection on transport routes and deter gangs operating on trains, the railway police have stepped up patrols. In 2012, police apprehended nearly 15 gangs and recovered 15 weapons from trains.

The problem of sexual violence against women appears to touch all levels of Indian society, as on Thursday the ruling Congress party in Assam state suspended a politician accused of rape a woman at the village of Santipur. The villagers later attacked the politician and captured the footage on tape. New Delhi has an infamous reputation as India’s rape capital, seemingly confirmed by a report in the Hindustan Times that documents more than 20 rape cases in the city since December 16th, the day of the rape and brutal murder of the 23-year-old medical student. In every society, there is frustration, there is depression, there is loneliness. The mind is simply not satisfied and having more and more sex or commiting sexual crimes to gratify desires is like putting gasoline in the fire.

So much progress. So on every level people’s lives are longer than they were ten years ago, twenty years ago. The life expectancy of all the nations of the world that are developing medically, technologically is raising, raising, raising. Economically, so much progress has been made. ... So with all this progress why the greatest medical problem is mental health, mental disease, depression. This is a serious problem today, depression and it’s not the problem is not amongst just the poor people. It’s the upper class, the aristocrats as well as the middle class. So much depression. Insanity, frustration, suicide; just people minds just burst with craziness, they just go on rape people, shoot people. ... People are turning to alcohol, drugs. Why? Because they are frustrated, they are lonely. People need happiness, but unfortunately, in society today people do not know what happiness is.

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"