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Rape and Murder

In Around the World on July 19, 2011 at 4:42 am

This is a truly horrific situation reported on by the BBC.  In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, severely brutal rapes have recently been discovered.  Most of the victims are underage girls, once part of the Dalit or ‘untouchables’ caste.  Though the caste system is supposed to be officially gone, a hierarchical system is still largely in place and not much is done to protect  these poorer people, especially not women. 

Even though Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Kumari Mayawati, is a Dalit woman and caste discrimination has long been outlawed, campaigners say the state’s largely patriarchal society still uses feudal structures to ensure that women remain marginalised and oppressed.

Due to this discovery, and because election time is looming near, politicians are promising to make women’s rights one of their main platforms, however the rapists are often men with money and political influence.  Not to mention rape is taboo and looked down upon in India (and in many other parts of the world as well).  According to a retired police officer, for every case reported 9 go unreported, and the police often omit reports to keep crime ‘down’. 

To read the entire story go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14058814

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