Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - Delhi gang-rape case fast-tracked to court - 18 January

Five men are expected to appear in court in India on Monday, accused of committing a fatal rape that has outraged the world’s largest democracy, sparking a national debate about the treatment of women.


Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 18 January

Delhi gang-rape case fast-tracked to court


By William Stewart

Five men are expected to appear in court in India on Monday, accused of committing a fatal rape that has outraged the world’s largest democracy, sparking a national debate about the treatment of women.

The attack on 16 December was committed on a bus in the capital, Delhi, as the victim – a 23 year-old student – and her male friend were heading home after watching a film. The case made headlines around the world.

The pair were dumped on the roadside and the woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The story pushed the issues of violence against women and the inability of the law enforcement system to protect them to the top of the agenda in India. Sexual violence has traditionally been a taboo in the country; women are regarded in some areas as second-class citizens and victims are often blamed for attacks.

But since the gang-rape the issue has become regular front-page news. There have been huge demonstrations with demands that the government do more to protect women and prosecute those that attack them.

In recent weeks the government has set up five fast-track courts in Dehli to deal swiftly with crimes against women. Now the authorities plan to move the case into one of those courts to avoid the delays and corruption that can plague India’s legal system.

A sixth suspect, thought to be 17, will be tried separately in a youth court if it is confirmed that he is a minor. If convicted, the suspects could face the death penalty. However, lawyers for the five adult suspects have said police mistreated their clients and beat them to force confessions.



Questions


  • What could be done to increase awareness about the effects of rape and other violent crime?
  • What measures can you take, if you feel your own safety is under threat at any point?
  • Rape is sex without consent. Discuss what consent might look and sound like, and how you might recognise if it wasn’t being given.
  • Why do you think that victims of rape are sometimes blamed for the attack?
  • Do you think that women are ever treated as 'second-class citizens' in our country?

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