My usually fair and balanced mind goes right off the rocker when it comes to a few things and gets bloodthirsty as hell - violence against children or animals...and rape. There's something about these crimes...I couldn't give someone I knew was guilty of these a fair trial, nor would I mind them ceasing to exist. The overpowering done by the attackers, the satisfaction in hurting something physically weaker than themselves - the thoughts make my heart rate and temper flare up just typing about it. Rape in the capital city of New Delhi, India, is fairly rampant - has been for quite some time, but the world is just now hearing about it. A few weeks ago, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped and beaten on a Delhi bus. She died from the trauma to her body. She was studying to be a doctor.
I've been on a Delhi bus. Not many women ride it. I've been surrounded by men - stared at by men - and been thought a prostitute by men just because I'm a Western woman. The attack on this woman was insanely heinous and beyond disgusting. India's legal reaction to it, however, is completely off base.
A massive push has developed to change the current law to make rape a crime punishable by death. In India, when the state kills you, it is by hanging. I'm aware I said I get bloodthirsty, but I am not the state. The state should never be in the business of killing its citizens. If you want evidence of how much this "deterrent" doesn't work, check out the good ole U.S. of A. States with the death penalty have higher instances of violent crime. States with the death penalty make mistakes and kill off the wrong folks. States with the death penalty have a tendency to fare poorly when it comes to literacy and education rates, and the citizens of these states also like to elect tards.
India also wants to speed up the prosecution of crimes against women. This is great - in theory. This country is so backlogged with cases most people will never see their trial. That's ridiculous, but fast-tracking these cases, in a country that is great at blaming the victim for their crime and makes arrests based on hearsay, is not going to improve the system.
And now, for the most fucked up choice India has made in this case, the India Bar Association is refusing to provide counsel for the accused men. Fair trials are a pretty imaginary thing for the most part, but zero semblance of one whatsoever is a different story. They are all still accused, by the way - there is no certainty of their guilt (outside of the Delhi courts, that is).
Gang mentality caused this horrific crime - this horrific crime that is not rare - and gang mentality on the other side of the spectrum will do nothing to prevent it. Women will not be helped by India's attitude towards crimes against them. Only when India makes the choice of equality for all its citizens will women move forward. Until then, the worst of human nature will shine like a beacon from the East.