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India has a wave of rape

Every 22 minutes somewhere in India rape is committed. Often a group, sometimes ending in murder …

India has a wave of rape

The problem of criminal and social has long turned into a political one. It was the inability to resolve it that caused the recent defeat of the 10 years of the Indian National Congress Party (INC) in power in the elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to power, faces the same problem caused by gender imbalance in Indian society and social traditions.

Tourists are also at risk

According to statistics, rape in India ranks fourth in the list of crimes against women, after domestic violence, street insults and abduction. And this is despite the fact that the criminal law in this part has recently been greatly tightened. And the court of the largest Indian city of Mumbai recently sentenced two juvenile members of a group rape to serious prison terms. Adult criminals in such cases face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

The number of rape victims in India is constantly increasing. Not only Indian women, but also foreign tourists are at risk of being raped, regardless of age.

The brutal gang rape and death of a girl on a bus in 2012 caused mass protests in the country, in which hundreds of thousands of Indians participated. These actions showed the inability of the police to protect Indian women from violence and led to a change in the ruling party of the INC.

Country of migrants

Slums in Delhi

About 30% of the Indian population are migrants in their own country. The crisis in the agricultural sector, poverty and overcrowding are driving Indians from villages to big cities. The participants in the above-mentioned sensational crime in Delhi in 2012 were also migrants. On the streets of the modern metropolis of New Delhi, migrants are no less than in Moscow, but they did not come from other countries, but from distant Indian states. Visitors live, as a rule, in slums without elementary amenities, their earnings are meager.

Women from villages can count on a job either at a construction site or as a housekeeper. In the first case, they are waiting for hard labor conditions, in the second – sexual violence, which many of them do not report to the police, fearing to lose a steady, albeit cheap, salary. Housekeepers more often than other women become victims of sexual killings.

In difficult conditions, there are men who came from the villages, but they sometimes behave very aggressively, unlike women. They are annoyed and excited by the very sight of urban women wearing short skirts, drinking alcohol and leading themselves freely in the company of men. In the distant villages where migrants come from, patriarchal customs and rules still apply to women.

Ancient customs

The modern Indian village in many respects remains a stronghold of tradition and conservatism. Although the division of society into castes in India was formally abolished, the entire system of rural power was built on a caste basis. Village councils consisting of representatives of privileged castes (khap panchayyaty) are officially prohibited, but they continue to regulate rural life almost unlimitedly. They are often the initiators of group rapes of women and girls from the lower castes.

The whole of India was shocked by the story of human rights activist Bhanvari Devi who spoke out against early marriages. Representatives of the higher castes subjected her to gang rape, but the local court refused to even consider the case. The judge explained his refusal by the fact that he could not believe that representatives of a higher caste, “twice-born”, could desecrate themselves by having a sexual relationship with a woman from a lower caste.

Too many men

6 rapists Swiss tourists were arrested in India

The huge problem of modern India, which largely generates the spread of rape, is gender imbalance. There are too many men in the country. In India, traditionally, the birth of a boy was revered as a boon, and girls – as a burden. They tried to get rid of newborn girls, sometimes in savage ways. After the appearance in the 80s of the methods of ultrasonic sex determination of the future baby from girls began to get rid of, massively interrupting pregnancy.

According to the Ministry of Health of India, up to 700 thousand abortions are performed here a year, most often girls. As a result, the gender imbalance has reached monstrous proportions: for every thousand men, there are only 940 women (in Russia, by comparison, 1,160 women). Tens of millions of Indian men can not find a friend of life. India is turning into a country of “sexually preoccupied men,” which negatively affects its image as a major player in the global market of tourist services.

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