Rape cases in India continuously have made news headlines this year, but the most recent case has fueled outrage because the victim was not only raped but also burned alive. The India Times reported the rape occurred in the Uttar Pradesh state found in Northern India. The 13yr old girl died in the hospital after 80% of her body was scorched.
The Times of India reported that the girl and her older sister were heading to a farm to use a toilet. Three men dragged her away and gang-raped her while her sister ran for help. The father told police that she was set aflame because the sisters threatened to tell police. Local police continue to search the villages for the attackers according to Indo-Asian News reports.
Sadly, this case is just the latest in a series of sexual attacks across India. Enraged protesters took to the streets and held night vigils back in December 2012 when a 23yr old student was gang raped on a bus. Despite outrage across the world, rape incidents in India steadily increased throughout 2013.
5yr old girl was raped and tortured in New Delhi
Three sisters aged 5-11yrs old were raped and killed in the Maharashtra state
Swiss tourist raped in Madhya Pradesh
7yr old raped in the state of Chhattisgarh
13yr old girl raped and set on fire in Uttar Pradesh
In September, the United Nations published a survey on men and violence in Asia and the Pacific. Surveying more than 10,000 men in six countries: Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. Shockingly, one in four men interviewed said they had raped a woman at least once in their lifetime. Between 72 and 97 percent said they paid no legal consequence for the act.
The lead technical adviser for the UN study, Rachel Jewkes, explained to National Geographic that the probable reasons for the high occurrence of rape are poverty, high alcohol and drug use. Ultimately, rape is significantly less common in more peaceable countries.
Jewkes added, “The two countries that really spring to mind are Bangladesh and most of Indonesia. Alcohol use is much lower in Bangladesh and in Indonesia, too. They are both Muslim countries, they both have relatively strict social mores around sex, and one way or another child abuse is less common in those countries. Child abuse really is strongly associated with rape and violence later on.”
There are various reports available on rape cases around the world. However, it is difficult to gauge reliability because while all countries collect per capita rate data, many sexual attacks go unreported which distorts the actual numbers. Sadly, according to RAIIN, Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network, 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.
Written By: Cayce Manesiotis