December 2012 brought very horrifying news from Delhi India, which affected every single person who has a ‘heart’ in their body. Her real name is still unknown as Indian laws don’t allow publishing of name of the rape victim. However she has been named as Damini in most of the news. She was born and raised in Delhi while her parents were from a small village in the Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh. Her father, who sold his agricultural land to educate her, works for a private company in Delhi. (Source: http://wikipedia.com)
Damini, who was a physiotherapy intern, was beaten and gang raped in Delhi – India’s capital on 16 December 2012, and died thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore for brain and gastrointestinal damage from the assault. She was on her way to her home with her male colleague after watching a movie. They both boarded on a bus in South Delhi in the early evening. The bus was being driven as a “joyride” carrying five men who were friends of the driver. They beat both the girl and her colleague and then allegedly raped her in the running bus, which was detracted from its original route. After raping they used a metal rod for torturing the girl. They inserted the rod into her private part (from front) and damaged her intestines. The male colleague was unconscious after being knocked of a metal rod on his head.
Then both of them were thrown on the road from the running bus. Some passerby saw them in critical condition and informed the Police. Police took the couple to the nearby hospital where the female victim was given emergency treatment and placed on mechanical ventilation.
The victim was found with only 5% of her intestines left inside of her. A doctor at the hospital later said that the L-shaped rod was inserted into her and it was pulled out with so much force that the act brought out her intestines also. That is probably the only thing that explains such severe damage to her intestines. On 26 December, due to her critical condition, she was moved to Singapore for further treatment, where she died on 29 December. Her body was cremated under strict security in the presence of her family members only.
Due to the increased public pressure, Police performed efficiently and have arrested all six assailants, who are being interrogated at the moment. Male victim recognised all of them. This event brought a bad name for India in all over the world. Indian government faced the worst criticism on keeping silent on such a horrifying crime. Sonia Gandhi and other political leaders did not give proper importance to the matter and ordered police to manhandle the peaceful protestors, which aggravated the situation further.
Indian community after this brutal act has come up with a very high demand of making the laws for giving the strictest possible punishment to the rapists. Rape is one of the highest occuring crimes in India. Now Indian citizens are demanding reforms in the laws for giving protection to women.
In Sydney, overseas Indian and Pakistanis organised a protest which demand quick justice. Maxina Salma, Harish Velji, Parvez Khan, Mansoor Noor, Pallavi Sinha, Neena Sinha, Aruna Chandrala and Rekha Rajvanshi were the prominent Sydneysiders who took part in the event which got attention of the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC as well.