This Sunday it will be two weeks since a 23 year old woman was gang raped on a moving bus in New Delhi, India. Her attack inspired demonstrations across the country. With rape increasing 875% over the last 40 years, the clear thinking people of the country are demanding a change in attitude by their government.
Sadly on Saturday the young woman, given the name Nirbhaya, succumbed to her injuries. She suffered cerebral edema which resulted in cardiac arrest.
Prime minister Manohan Sngh said he was “deeply saddened to learn that the unfortunate victim of the brutal assault that took place on December 16 in New Delhi had succumbed to the grievous injuries she suffered following that attack. “I join the nation in conveying to her family and friends my deepest condolences at this terrible loss.”
Singh said: “I want to tell them and the nation that while she may have lost her battle for life, it is up to us all to ensure that her death will not have been in vain. We have already seen the emotions and energies this incident has generated. These are perfectly understandable reactions from a young India and an India that genuinely desires change. It would be a true homage to her memory if we are able to channelize these emotions and energies into a constructive course of action.”
All across India citizens are vowing that they will force the government to secure safety for the women of their country. Many have called for the government to define rape as a capital crime. “This must stop” cry the people of the country.
News Correspondent-The Guardian Express