Recently, a case of rape and assault on a bus in Mumbai has shocked the Indian public and media because of the barbaric circumstances that have many similarities with the 2012 case that created a large wave of protests in the country. this.
At a press conference on September 11, Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale said the victim, a 34-year-old woman, was found unconscious inside a minibus in the suburban area of Sakinaka (Mumbai).
Through the autopsy, the girl was determined to have been raped and assaulted with an iron rod. The victim was taken to Rajawadi hospital but did not survive due to his injuries.
Police arrested the suspect after scanning CCTV. The man has not been formally charged and will be held until September 21.
The victim was raped and assaulted on the bus until she lost consciousness with the weapon of an iron rod (Artwork)
On September 13, police said the man confessed to his actions and the investigation agency found the weapon. Balwant Deshmukh, senior police inspector at Sakinaka police station confirmed both the victim and the suspect were homeless. If charged and found guilty, the suspect could face the death penalty.
Women’s rights activist Yogita Bhayana claimed the incident had “shocked the country once again” as it was “extremely similar” to the rape and murder on a bus in which the victim was female student Nirbhaya. 23 years old) in New Delhi in 2012.
In 2012, Nirbhaya (the name given to the victim, which means “fearless”) was raped by a group of men and gang assaulted with an iron bar on a bus in front of her boyfriend. After that, the naked female student was thrown on the street and these guys also tried to run over the victim. Nirbhaya suffered severe organ damage and died two weeks later.
Nirbhaya’s death has sparked protests across India, demanding increased scrutiny of crimes against women and tougher laws on sex crimes.
Indians pray by candlelight to protest the alleged rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in New Delhi in August.
Ms. Bhayana said: “After Nirbhaya, we thought things would change, but we keep hearing about rape cases every day. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about a case. As activists, we are activists. There was a lot of push for action from the government. But when we heard those brutal stories, we really felt helpless. I have no words to describe. It’s been almost 10 years since the Nirbhaya incident, but things are still the same. We need to act together or nothing will change“.
Grandfather Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra state, where the capital Mumbai is located, also expressed shock at the incident on Twitter: “The terrible crime that happened in Saki Naka just now is an affront to human rights. The case must be followed up quickly and the perpetrators will be severely punished.”.
According to the latest available figures from India’s National Crime Records Bureau, more than 32,000 alleged cases of rape of women were reported in 2019. On average, about one every 17 minutes. . But activists believe the real number is much higher because many people do not report crimes out of fear. The number of reported rapes has increased since Nirbhaya’s death, possibly because awareness of the problem has increased.