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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Parents of Calcutta gang-rape teenager: 'We were abandoned'

Comment: It seems like a disease which infects these people and stimulates them to perpetrate the most extreme acts of evil. That poor girl. Here's hoping she finds her way to a better place. For some, this truly is a "hell on earth." Rape as a crime of power seems to be on the rise and not just the rape of women. The general metaphor of rape can be transposed across society. The rape of truth to the rape of consciousness.

 A relative weeps at the funeral of the Calcutta gang-rape victim
The Telegraph

When she heard the knock on the door, the 16-year-old girl was waiting to hear if she’d been accepted into a new school. She was a beautiful, bright girl who left her impoverished village in Bihar and moved to Calcutta, India’s intellectual capital, with dreams of one day becoming a teacher. 

But, instead, at her door were six young thugs who dragged her away, raped her by turns and then unleashed a campaign of terror that shocked a country which campaigners had hoped was finally offering justice and protection to women after the gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student one year earlier. 

Hours after reporting the assault she was kidnapped and raped again, her family was driven from its home, gang-members warned that they would kill her father and rape her yet again if she did not withdraw her police complaint. 

Finally, when she refused, she was doused with kerosene and set alight in her home.
She died eight days later on New Year’s Eve, pregnant by one of her rapists. 

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