India: Protests must culminate in political action

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Articles

The brutal rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi has caused national outrage throughout India, but, warns Kuldip Nayar, demonstrations alone are not enough to transform a failing system

India’s capital, New Delhi, has recently witnessed an amazing phenomenon: students from well-off families coming out on to the streets to demonstrate. They were agitated, not to mention horrified, over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman and her subsequent death. This is not the first time a woman has been gang-raped and left on the roadside, and this girl was not even from the elite class with which these students generally associate.

The rape of this young woman in Delhi turned out to be beyond the limits of endurance for the upper social strata, which felt it could not take any more. India Gate, a memorial for unknown soldiers, has widespread grounds where the students — young people of all castes and creeds — assembled for several days, carrying lighted candles. They wanted immediate action and speedy punishment of the guilty. Ultimately, the angry reaction came from a stark realisation of how brutality against women has existed over the ages, and continues to exist.

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