Picture of the day: This picture isn’t new, it’s from December 24, but it needs to be seen, especially since the 23-year-old female medical student who was brutally gang-raped in India died today as a result of her injuries.
The young woman was raped by six men and then thrown onto the road from a moving bus. Authorities haven’t released her name, but the violence she suffered has inspired weeks of protests insisting on justice for women in India.
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The woman had been in “extremely critical condition” since being admitted Thursday to the Singapore hospital, and Loh had said Friday that she’d “taken a turn for the worse.”
“She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain,” Loh said. “She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds, but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome.”
Wednesday, another alleged rape victim in India died as a result of suicide after officials appeared to have egregiously mishandled her case. The Indian government has sworn to address the issue of violence perpetrated against women, offering to “‘name and shame’ convicted rapists by posting their names, images and addresses on official websites, according to the Times of India.”
In a recent poll of G20 countries, India rated the worst place to be a woman, Canada came in first and the United States came in at a pathetic 6th place. Land of the free. One of the reasons for being 6th in spite of our freedoms is “many of the gains of the last 100 years are under attack and the most overt and vicious attack is on reproductive rights.” Thanks, Republicans.
There are many moving pictures from the protests for justice in India, but something about this picture really hit me. The picture of these three young men standing up for their sisters’ rights inspires hope for humanity.
“Save our sisters.” Yes, please.
Image: December 24, 2012, by Adnan Abidi / Reuters