Delhi, India: The trial of six men who raped a 23 year old woman on public transportations will begin on Monday, January 21st. The woman was attacked on December 16th, and died two weeks later while undergoing treatment.
Five of the men will are adults, and will be tried as such. The sixth whose age is deemed to be 17 at the moment, will be tried in juvenile court. The men are charged with murder, rape, and kidnapping. If convicted, the will face the death penalty.
In reaction to protests after the attack, the government has agreed to strengthen penalties for rape crimes. Reported rapes in India totaled 2487 in 1971, and rose to an appalling 24,206 in 2011.
According to Seema Sirohi of the Indian Council on Global Relations: “Most women in India have stories of sexual harassment and abuse on public transportation or on the streets”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express