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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Sadness floods Indian women

Por Olivia Rosario Rodríguez

Violence against women takes over the Asian nation. In the midst of the international debate on the high rates of rape in the country, two new cases came to light. One of the victims survived and is hospitalized with burns in the 65 percent of her body. However, a minor was raped and died after being burned alive because she reported the attack.

The first victim is only 17 years and was raped and burned last Saturday in Pakur, a district of Jharkhand, where she is hospitalized due to she has burns on the 65 percent of her body. The police have arrested and imprisoned for 15 days the alleged crime perpetrator.

A day before another minor was raped in the district of Chatra. The young woman denounced the incident to the local council, which imposed a penalty fee to the accused. However, the rapists attacked her and set her on fire causing her death. So far, the security forces have arrested 15 people related with the case.

At the end of April, the Indian government approved the hardening of sentences for violators, including the possibility of death sentence to those guilty of raping children under 12 years old. The main reason of the clampdown was the abduction, torture, rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to data provided by the National Crime Registry Agency of India, the number of crimes against children doubled between 2013 and 2016, from 58,224 to 106.958. Only in 2016 occurred 38.947 violations -about 106 a day- and in 19.765 cases the victims were minors.

In 2012, India hardened for the first time its legislation against sexual crimes, after the brutal gang rape of a young university student who died after weeks of agony in New Delhi. After the last violations, the commotion has taken over the inhabitants of the country and a lot of them have protested in the streets of the main cities.

India is s the second country in the world by population, after the People's Republic of China. There live more than 1.3 billion people, where women represent 48 percent. It is a sexist society where females are subordinated in many ways to men, not only in the workplace but at home.