Prashant A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace
Post Box No. 4050, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009, Gujarat, India
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STATEMENT ON THE GANG RAPE OF PHOTO-JOURNALIST IN MUMBAI
We strongly and unequivocally condemn the gang rape of the photo-journalist in Mumbai. All those responsible for this heinous and totally unacceptable deed must be brought to book immediately and be given exemplary punishment. The Government, the Police and other concerned authorities must ensure this.
Crimes against women continue to increase with impunity all over the country whether it be domestic violence or those committed by outsiders.
It is exactly five years today since tribal Christian women were brutalized in every possible way in Kandhamal, Orissa. One can never even forget how Muslim women were subjected to the most unthinkable forms of violence during the Gujarat Carnage of 2002. Sometime ago, dalit students in a Government-run Teachers Training College in Patan, Gujarat were subject to constant sexual assault by their teachers and if they would not give in, they were made to fail in their examinations. A University student in Manipal, Karnataka was gang raped a couple of months ago by members of a right-wing Hindu group.
We continue to hear of these terrible crimes day-in-and-day-out. The culprits often go scot-free and even with patronage from certain sections of society. Besides, when it comes to the poor, the marginalized, the dalits, the adivasis and minority women, there is hardly any ground-swell of protest from civil society or for that matter 24x7 media coverage.
A crime against ANY women is a crime against humanity. We must all come together to ensure an immediate halt to this violence so that all our women, whatever their background, may feel safe and secure in any and every section of our society.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
24th August, 2013