(Image source: BBC)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Following the death of the 23-year-old woman who was raped on a New Delhi bus, India’s government is seeking the maximum penalty for the six suspects in custody.

 

Citywide protests continued into the weekend in New Delhi, though authorities blocked off parts of the capital to keep demonstrators out of areas essential to government. The latest announcement from Indian officials could help pacify protesters. [Video: CBS]

 

A spokesman for Delhi police told Al Jazeera the suspects — shown here getting out of a police van — have been charged with murder, heightened from a previous charge of attempted murder. The assault and rape took place two weeks ago on this New Delhi bus. The unidentified victim died Friday evening.

 

According to The Guardian a police spokesman said “the men could face the death penalty if convicted.” And on Saturday, protesters mounted pressure on prosecutors “with large numbers of men and vociferous calls for the execution of the rapists.”

 

But, beyond the punishment for this particular attack, the tragedy could more widely reshape India’s laws on sexual assault. It also pushed awareness of sexual violence against women — long seen as a neglected issue within India — to the international stage. [Video: Sky News]

 

The English-language Indian newspaper, The Hindu reports:

 

“Shaken by the public outrage, the government constituted a Commission of Inquiry into the incident and also set up a three-member Committee ... to look into the possibility of rewriting the laws relating to aggravated sexual assault and enhancing penalty for it.”

 

According to the BBC, a rape is reported every 14 hours in New Delhi alone. And a 2011 study said 24 percent of Indian men admitted committing some form of sexual violence during their life.

 

And as prevalent as the problem is, it’s gotten worse in the past few years. Government data obtained by Al Jazeera shows the frequency of rapes in India rose by almost 17 percent between 2007 and 2011.

New Delhi Gang Rape Suspects Charged with Murder

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Dec 29, 2012

New Delhi Gang Rape Suspects Charged with Murder

(Image source: BBC)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Following the death of the 23-year-old woman who was raped on a New Delhi bus, India’s government is seeking the maximum penalty for the six suspects in custody.

 

Citywide protests continued into the weekend in New Delhi, though authorities blocked off parts of the capital to keep demonstrators out of areas essential to government. The latest announcement from Indian officials could help pacify protesters. [Video: CBS]

 

A spokesman for Delhi police told Al Jazeera the suspects — shown here getting out of a police van — have been charged with murder, heightened from a previous charge of attempted murder. The assault and rape took place two weeks ago on this New Delhi bus. The unidentified victim died Friday evening.

 

According to The Guardian a police spokesman said “the men could face the death penalty if convicted.” And on Saturday, protesters mounted pressure on prosecutors “with large numbers of men and vociferous calls for the execution of the rapists.”

 

But, beyond the punishment for this particular attack, the tragedy could more widely reshape India’s laws on sexual assault. It also pushed awareness of sexual violence against women — long seen as a neglected issue within India — to the international stage. [Video: Sky News]

 

The English-language Indian newspaper, The Hindu reports:

 

“Shaken by the public outrage, the government constituted a Commission of Inquiry into the incident and also set up a three-member Committee ... to look into the possibility of rewriting the laws relating to aggravated sexual assault and enhancing penalty for it.”

 

According to the BBC, a rape is reported every 14 hours in New Delhi alone. And a 2011 study said 24 percent of Indian men admitted committing some form of sexual violence during their life.

 

And as prevalent as the problem is, it’s gotten worse in the past few years. Government data obtained by Al Jazeera shows the frequency of rapes in India rose by almost 17 percent between 2007 and 2011.

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