According to various media reports and Amnesty International, an all-male village council in India sentenced two sisters, including a 15 year old girl, to be raped as punishment for their brother running away with a married woman from a higher caste. The accounts state that Meenakshi Kumari, who is 23, and her younger sister, will then be paraded naked with their faces blackened through the streets as part of this disgraceful, primitive sentence.
The family are “untouchables” or members of the lowest Dalit caste. The brother ran away with a woman from the Jat caste after she was forced into an arranged marriage. They eloped but reportedly returned after the good people of the village tortured the untouchable family. in India – one aged only 15-years – are to be raped as “punishment” for their brother running away with a married woman from a higher caste in the latest caste to shock the country. The sentence was declared morally correct as an “eye for an eye” punishment.
The problem is that these “courts” are allowed to operate outside of the legal system in their imposition a mix of religious and cultural traditions. Because the Jats are politically powerful, the government looks the other way. It presumably cannot do so now. Indeed, in any nation committed to the rule of law, the entire council would be arrested on the basis for the torture allegation as well as other culprits.
The case also shows the continuing desperate plight of women in this tradition oriented Hindu nation. India stands at the crossroads. It must either turn its back on such practices based on ignorance and prejudice or abandon its impressive strides as a leading modern nation.
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Hillary has a better War on Women going then anybody,
Well, this thread went from a couple of young women in Indian being raped as a court punishment to attacking the Republican Party.in 18 comments. Well done guys.
India has a real problem with the way it treats it’s women and it needs to be taken to task for it. I am not sure if we give them money, but we should cut it off until they force some changes.
I especially love the parts that highlight Dr. Ben Carson.
“The War on Women’s Insides”. So if a woman gets a hysterectomy there will be no affront to her insides, according to Dr.Carson’s thinking?
Riiiiiggghht, imports from such countries will never be banned. We’ve been buying goods from China and other countries for quite sometime now and won’t be stopping anytime soon. When it comes to the free market, human rights violations don’t mean a thing. Our western ways won’t be adopted by such countries until they themselves are ready to progress.
It’s a war on ‘what’s inside women’. I’ll let Ben Carson explain. Dr…?
Ben Carson, “They tell you that there’s a war on women,” he said at a campaign event in Little Rock, Arkansas. “There is no war on women. There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”
Vaginal supremacy is what I call it and the GOP are out to win!
Certainly the U.S. could deter these barbaric sanctions though trading sanctions, if it wanted to…..I suspect that if the U.S. banned imports from India until they got control of their own country, that the Indian government would find the means to end these practices quite quickly. So long as it just remains a “tsk, tsk, look how backward they are” in the Western press, but without any economic sanctions by the Western governments, India will have no incentive to change.
msjettexas: Your gratuitous jabs at Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem convey the sense that you’re envious of the way these barbarians are able operate without any red tape. I shudder to think what punishments you would inflict upon my daughters for violating your moral code.
So the sins of the brothers are visited upon the sisters. Ancient archaic justice, some people like it so much they just can’t let it go? Happens even in modern societies, the need to hang on to bad policy, bad traditions, bad philosophies, bad for society. The thing in our favor, we’ve been more willing to let go of the bad old days, thankfully.
Horrific story. But also, this garbled post reads like it was translated from English into another language, and then back again. Or maybe the writer dictated it and forgot to edit the results? Results are just too sloppy for a professional….
Now I absolutely am disgusted with that society’s system of justice. But, I ask of our society —– drone collateral killings of innocents, our apparel and widgets manufactured by whom, a 16 yr old sentenced to 11 yrs in jail for selling drugs, a DUI who kills a father gets 3 and wilth 1 1/2 suspended?
Again, what they do is abhorrent. And, for the most part I agree with the previous comments. But it is their society, their system of governance, their “children”.
Why are these courts, as the article suggests, capable of operating outside the scope of India’s legal system? That fact is mentioned like it is some kind of inevitable conclusion, where the Indian government is helpless to change or affect what transpires within its own boundaries. The most frightening part is that these backward, primitive throwbacks have access to nuclear weapons.
An eye for an eye would be to cut the weenies off of the rapists. Same with the tribal judge and jury. Oh, hell, fly over with a small nuk and drop it.
This is the true war on women, not the fantasy one made up by Hillary Clinton and the democrats.
Another horrible act is Christian Yeziti women being raped and beat by ISIS. No one reports it or the Gloria Steinem’s of the world are discussing it.
One impertinence is that many educated Indians are so quick to judge me morally.
I’ll begin. If this is an eye for an eye punishment why isn’t the brother being raped? I’m not serious of course but it makes me crazy that our government still sends money to these countries and others argue that we must be “tolerant” of religions or cultures that view this kind of thing as “morally correct”.
I am always confused about why archaic traditional punishments, which are in humane, continue. Do these people get to watch the rapes? Do the women know they are going to be raped? Are they allowed to fight for themselves? Why did people leave the Middle East, traveling and educating themselves and learn nothing about western societies and their respect for everyone? As they continue these horrendous torture, the rest of the world is living decent happy lives. Does the UN try to teach about cultures that have eliminated these gross acts? Does the UN have a disciplinary code? Or is this one of the UN’s hands off from anywhere else. Maybe UN higher ups should be required to suffer these atrocities.
I think it will take several generations before the economically advanced India produces a culturally advance country.
Bravo and Bravo. If it’s all true.
“According to various media reports and Amnesty International”
“Indeed, in any nation committed to the rule of law, the entire council would be arrested on the basis for the torture allegation as well as other culprits.”
“India stands at the crossroads. It must either turn its back on such practices based on ignorance and prejudice or abandon its impressive strides as a leading modern nation.”
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