Emerson Rensink | The Anti-Media
On Thursday, two police officers were arrested after failing to stop the raping, killing and public hanging of two teenage cousins in the Uttar Pradesh state of northern India. Thumbnail credit: Human Rights Observers
The two girls, ages 14 and 15, were hanged from a mango tree in the village of Katra on Wednesday morning after disappearing from fields near their home.
One of the victims’ fathers claims the local police chief ignored his complaint while the crime was being committed. In fact, he was ridiculed when he reported them missing Tuesday night.
According to top state official Anil Kumar Gupta, two officers have been fired and charged with conspiracy for failing to take action.
On Wednesday, hundreds of angry people from the village gathered around the girls and prevented police from taking them down until an arrest was made. Video of the scene went viral on Indian media, sparking nationwide outrage.
CNN reports that the victims’ families believe three cousins are responsible for the crimes.
As of Saturday, police have detained three suspects, cousins in their twenties, and are still searching for two others believed to be culpable.
India has developed a bad reputation for fostering rape culture as of late. According to India’s official National Crime Records Bureau statistics, a rape occurs in the country every 22 minutes. However, women’s rights activists argue that number doesn’t account for the majority of women they say are too afraid to speak out.
According to CNN, the global spotlight on India’s problem was turned on a year and a half ago:
“The case that put this situation on the world’s radar took place in New Delhi in December 2012.
“Back then, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was on a bus heading back from a movie with a male friend. Police said the driver and at least five other drunk men dragged her to the back of the bus and beat up her friend.
“The men then took turns raping the woman, according to police, using an iron rod to violate her as the bus drove around the city for almost an hour. When they were done, they dumped the victims by the side of the road; the woman died from her injuries two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore.”
Since then, India’s pink-clad feminist brigade, the Gulabi Gang (translated to “pink gang”), has gained international attention for taking matters into their own hands while the police and male-dominated society ignore and reinforce the plight of women in their country.
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Emerson Rensink is an Olympia-trans*planted activist, organizer and citizen journalist. He helped organize the global March Against Monsanto in May 2013. In addition to writing for The Anti-Media, Emerson’s work can be found at Center for a Stateless Society. In his free time, Emerson likes to watch depressing documentaries and find funny, pointless things on the Internet.