Gender Violence in India

Monday, January 07, 2013

Elora Halim Chowdhury, associate professor of women's studies at University of Massachusetts-Boston and author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh, provides a cultural context for the recent sexual assault in New Delhi and subsequent protests.


Elora Halim Chowdhury

Comments [8]

Tina from Queens


Some stats on rape in the US--we need to find time to fit this issue in there somewhere.

"1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape)." National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey. 1998.

"Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted." and "17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape." --U.S. Department of Justice. National Crime Victimization Survey. 2006-2010.

"9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003." U.S. Department of Justice. 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2003.

"Only about 3% of rapists ever serve a day in jail." Justice Department, National Crime Victimization Survey: 2006-2010, FBI, Uniform Crime Reports: 2006-2010, National Center for Policy Analysis, Crime and Punishment in America, 1999, and Department of Justice, Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties: average of 2002-2006

Jan. 07 2013 11:32 AM

Tina from Queens -- I share your admiration for the vocal protests by Indian men and women over this horrible violent act, and apparently the fact that it seems to be somewhat normal and accepted.

There are many important issues in America! Wrongs to be righted! Mass murderers! Hungry kids! Drano in our drinking water! But I am kissing our ground that the type of behavior described in this segment is not the norm in the US. I'm guessing that many others living in America, including the guest, who wisely escaped that environment along with so many others, have heard this story and kissed our ground as well. That said, the Indian people are an inspiration for daring to stand up in this case against a "democratic government" that is accused of using rape and even disembowelment as a form of law and social enforcement.

Jan. 07 2013 11:11 AM
Brenda from NJ

As a women it bothers me know that victims would be blamed for being attached is such beastly ways. However, this sick men need punishment all around the world, not just in India. We women should be pushing for better protection. In regards to that, we should be outraged that Violence Against Women Act was not passed, thanks to the crazies GOP members in congress.

Jan. 07 2013 10:59 AM
Ann in NYC from Manhattan

I don't know why this hasn't become a protest cause to unite women, and others, throughout the world against rape. It happens too often everywhere, including the US military.

Jan. 07 2013 10:56 AM
Donald Passantino from Queens NYC

As boy children are more desired than girls, there is now a lot more young men than young women. There are a lot of men who will never find a wife, and this leads to trouble.

Jan. 07 2013 10:54 AM

the accused were identified so quickly by police. It made me wonder -- have these men pled guilty and do they admit guilt?

I would hate to imagine there is even another leg to this terrible beast.

Jan. 07 2013 10:49 AM
Tina from Queens

What I find amazing about the protests in India is how involved and vocal men have been. How can we accomplish that in this country?

Jan. 07 2013 10:49 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Has anyone asked Todd Akins if he thinks that this horrible incident was a "legitimate rape"?

My point is, anywhere old men are in charge, including countries in the West, women's issues will always be considered superfluous.

Jan. 07 2013 10:32 AM

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