Standing up for Women's Rights in Delhi
Old Delhi Streets
Since the incident, human rights activists have gathered to protest the government for capitol punishment of the accused rapists, including a 17-year-old boy. Such is the corruption of the government and the failure of law enforcement agencies to protect civilians, that some women have recently stepped forward to accuse police officers of rape and molestation. One women I met at the protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi was on day seven of her fast. The crime committed by the police officer was her story.
Jantar MantarJanuary 19th, at the protest, I captured the cries of one activist who put the message simply, "This is not a democracy, it is a hypocrasy!"
On site was a memorial for the rape victim from Dec. 16th as well as a fast rotation.
Women's Rights in India as it Stands
While there are civil laws to protect women against bride burning and infanticide, the enforcement of the law is what is lacking.
The newest reform came months after the attack on the woman in the bus. A government panel set up after the outcry over the gang rape and weeks of street protests by students and women examined India's criminal justice system's treatment of violence against women. After examining more than 80,000 submissions, the panel, headed by retired Chief Justice J.S. Verma, came out with a 630-page report recommending amendments to the laws governing crimes against women.