by Tomie Poodle January. 09, 2013 6553 views

The gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in a moving bus on the night of December 16 in the capital city of Delhi has triggered anger, outrage and shock amongst every citizen this country.

The National Crime Records Bureau records 572 rapes reported from Delhi for the year 2011. This year 635 rapes had already been reported as of December 15, 2012, Rape is not a problem that afflicts Delhi alone. In recent months, we have seen a rising crime graph against women being reported from virtually every corner of the country including Haryana, Kerala and Bangalore.

Each time a rape is reported, civil society reacts with anger and outrage, which unfortunately dies down and is forgotten, until the next time. The question to ask: what is the inflexion point? At what stage do we say collectively and in one voice: Enough.

Many solutions have been offered in the light of this particular gang-rape and in the past. Some of these include:

1. The setting up of fast track courts (as in Rajasthan recently) to ensure speedy trials.
2. The imposition of maximum, exemplary sentence.
3. The immediate clearing of all pending cases involving crimes against women.
4. Immediate training and sensitisation of police force to crimes against women, including domestic violence, molestation and sexual assault.
5. The immediate passage of pending bills that seek to protect women, including the Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Bill 2012 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2012
6. Consultations with the Ministry of Human Resources to see how best to address the issue of sensitising boys through the school curriculum.
7. National-level, open consultations involving civil society and other stake-holders on how best to tackle the growing misogyny and hostility against women as well as rising crimes against them.

Despite having so many women in positions of political leadership, a survey by TrustLaw found India to be ranked as the worst country in the world for women. At a time when women are increasingly claiming their rightful share of half the sky and asserting their autonomy and independence, the rising crimes against them are conducted with absolute impunity by criminals who have no fear of the law.

We are writing to you in the hope that you will direct government and judiciary to take special note of the escalation of gender violence and work together on a priority basis to implement the measures detailed above.

Lack of gender justice, lack of fear of the law, police and judicial apathy, failure of governance and shrinking public spaces is a matter of grave concern, not just for women but for every citizen of this country.

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a young girl i met in bikaner market, thank you to her having posed for me.

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Huiching 7 years, 8 months ago


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Lisa Charbonneau 7 years, 8 months ago

This is a real beauty in every way,

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Jendayee 7 years, 8 months ago

Superbe portrait !!!

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Pfeffi 7 years, 8 months ago


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Xabolcs 7 years, 8 months ago

Superb portrait!

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Snowpie 7 years, 8 months ago

wow. she is such a beauty. thanks for bringing it up.

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Giancarlo Fosci 7 years, 8 months ago

wonderful portrait!!!!

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Milton Jacob 7 years, 8 months ago

Important post with beautiful portrait. As an Indian I am sincerely ashamed of this and other crimes against women! :(

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 8 months ago

Appears not only to be getting worse in India alone ... even in the small country where I live (Belgium) This is not unusual ....
How, what, why ... it does not make sense ... and it sure makes me sick when I hear and think about!!!

[b]Beautiful portrait Max and thanks to bring it to us ...[/b]

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Brenda Nelson 7 years, 8 months ago

Mesmerizing capture and meaningful caption. Well done on this passionate post, Max.

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Art Bee 7 years, 8 months ago

BTW Max your portrait is stunning!

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Art Bee 7 years, 8 months ago

Rape is an act of violence and should be punishable by law as with any other violent crime.Women have more of their rights violated than Men. Why is that? Serious consequences for criminals may be a deterrent, but the underlying cause is what needs to be addressed in the first place. The World has grown into a place of lawlessness such as Dan pointed out and a steady decline in morality and decency along with self control. The problem is wide spread and growing steadily worse. What is the answer?

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Christa 7 years, 8 months ago

J'ai signé! Merci pour attirer l'attention à ce sujet, je suis particulierement touchée comme femme. Naître comme femme à l'Inde est un malheur dès le premier moment et j'éspère qu'au moins ce cas sert de quelque chose pour changer la situation des femmes là.

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Catherine Hollens 7 years, 8 months ago

A stunning portrait to highlight this atrocity. I really hope that the worldwide press coverage this story has received can force a change...and not just in India....

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Jacki 7 years, 8 months ago

What a beautiful shot of a beautiful young woman. Such a sad story, it is hard to comprehend that anyone could do what those men did. I had no idea before this story made worldwide news that the problem was so widespread in India. I hope this forces them to start changes.

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Pete 7 years, 8 months ago

powerful post with a excellent photo to accompany it

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Ej Rodriguez 7 years, 8 months ago

Pretty girl..and yes,a very sad and shocking story.

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Holly Crocker 7 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful woman. Thank you for speaking candidly about such an ugly problem.

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Sara G 7 years, 8 months ago

Beautiful woman..worldwide problem..exactly what Dan said..should be immediate and severe punishment..a case now on tv that is sickening..and they will wind up blaming the girl most likely..hope they are put in jail for a good lesson! All genders, nationalities..I don't know what the problem is about not severe enough laws! Part of it is lack of common sense of women sometimes..walking alone in wee hours of the morning..dressing too sexy and drinking in bars alone with men..nada should do any of this..still the MAN is in the wrong to take advantage of a woman.

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Helen Hooker 7 years, 8 months ago

Such a shocking story but a beautiful portrait.

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Josy 7 years, 8 months ago

Le sujet est d'importance et tu as quasiment tout dit... Et ta jeune fille est d'une beauté lumineuse.

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Gonia 7 years, 8 months ago

I agree with Dan - he said it better in english.bad world.

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Laurence D 7 years, 8 months ago

Terrible fait divers, c'est terrifiant de voir que dans certains pays, au 21 éme siècle, les femmes ne sont encore que des "objets sexuels", qu'elles ne sont pas traitées comme des êtres humains...

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Dan Ravasio 7 years, 8 months ago

An immense problem and an immense shame - everywhere. We must look at society as a whole to begin to understand the true depths of this particular problem. The growing lack of civility and regard for others combined with the growing "lawlessness" of the human mind make for a challenging fight ahead. This beautiful portrait is excellent to bring this important issue for consideration Max! Thank you...

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