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The girl was 16. She was raped by men from a higher caste, and her father committed suicide from the shame. The reaction of her community? To call for a change in the age of consent

Posted on November 5th, 2012 at 13:34 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane -- Write a comment

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For a full ten days after she was abducted and raped by a group of
 men, the teenager told no-one, terrified by the men’s threats 
and their claim that they would distribute photographs they had
 taken during the attack.

When she did eventually tell her mother,
 things got even worse; her father, a gardener, unable to bear the
 trauma of what had happened to his daughter and the indignity of such
 photographs being passed around, swallowed pesticide.


In the following days, police arrested and charged seven men, all 
members of a higher caste. But the response to what took place by 
certain elements of society – a suggestion that the age of marriage
 should be be lowered to reduce rapes, and that such attacks were 
triggered by eating ‘Western’ fast-food – sparked both a wave of
 anger and a debate about India’s attitudes towards women that has
 gripped the country


Today, the 16-year-old sits with her hands quietly folded on the edge 
of a bed in a relative’s house, reaching for courage amid this
 bewildering storm. She says she is determined to obtain justice. “It’s
 not just about me. Things have been happening in other villages,” she 
said.

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