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Delhi ‘Women Dignity March’ Amid Calls To Name Law After Gang Rape Victim

Delhi Chief minister Sheila Dikshit at Women's Dignity March' in Delhi

Thousands of women took part in a rally in Delhi today as protests continue over the recent gang rape, and subsequent death, of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student.

On Wednesday morning, the “Women Dignity March” silently progressed to Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial — Rajghat — and ended in a prayer session for the victim at the historical protest site, said the BBC.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was among the protesters who marched. Many carried placards calling for an end to sexual assaults on women. Juhi Kahn, a member of the National Commission for Women, said:

“We are marching to create awareness among people that women should be respected. Because a woman is a mother, a woman is a sister, she is a wife and she is a daughter.”

The gang rape and later death of the young student from multiple injuries sustained during a vicious attack on December 16 on a Delhi bus set off a firestorm of outraged protests in Delhi, Manipur, and other parts of India.

The extremity of it — the victim was raped by six men, beaten and assaulted with iron rods, stripped, and thrown off a moving bus with a male companion — has sent shock waves of not only across India but around the world.

Delhi police are expected to formally charge five of six arrested suspects with murder this Thursday. The sixth suspect is reported to be under 18 and thus considered a minor. Police have ordered a bone test to verify the suspect’s age, AP reports.

New Delhi police spokesman, Rajan Bhagat, has said that, if the suspects are convicted, the death penalty is likely. The Bar Association of lawyers has decided against defending the six suspects due to the severity of the crime, but the court is expected to appoint defense attorneys for them, AP notes.

Still unidentified publicly, the victim is referred to by a variety of names in the Indian press: “Damini”,”Amanat”, “India’s Daughter,” and “Braveheart,” to name a few.

Amid growing calls [by some] for the victim’s name to be revealed, on New Year’s Day Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor, wrote on Twitter:

“Wondering what interest is served by continuing anonymity of the Delhi gang rape victim. Why not name and honour her as a real person with own identity?”

He added:

“Unless her parents object, she should be honoured and the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being with a name, not just a symbol.”

India’s national media are reporting that the Delhi gang-rape victim’s family have said they have no objection to her name being revealed or to anti-rape law being named after their family member.

The New Delhi Post quotes the victim’s 2o-year-old brother as saying “we have no objection to revealing her name, adding,”we also have no objection if the [revised anti-rape] law is named after her. It will be an honour for my sister.”

On Wednesday, the victim’s Uncle, Suresh Singh, told the Associated Press, “if the government can’t punish them, give the rapists to the people. The people will settle the scores with them.”

Meanwhile, a petition has been submitted to strike six state lawmakers facing rape prosecutions and two national parliamentarians facing leser sexual charges from office, has been submitted and will be heard on Thursday.

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  1. Satish Chandra

    (Dec. 29, 2012): RAW has used the gang rape of the 23-year old Delhi girl and countrywide outrage to divert attention from my press releases this month about the "Anglo-American enforcement of their ownership of India", from the killing of over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857 by the British to enforce their will to the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan to drone attacks on Pakistan to the trafficking of Indian children to be used as food — RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom — and the total possession and rape of India by the Anglo-Americans and their white friends in economic, military and all spheres with CIA's rule over India via RAW that I have described at WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom. Like keeping Indians and Pakistanis fighting each other rather than their white oppressors, this is meant to keep Indians focused on rapes of Indians by Indians and not on their incomparably more violent rape and domination by the white countries and all the Indians participating in this RAW-sponsored event are participating in the enforcement of Anglo-American ownership of India, in the rape of India. JoinIndiaWarOfIndependenceDOTblogspotDOTcom

    In service of its white masters RAW has committed innumerable terrorist acts in India taking part even in the Mumbai attack of 2008, carried out train accidents killing hundreds in each incident, sabotage of India's defence equipment, spreading AIDS in India to provide the white countries a population of guinea pigs for vaccine development, murders including those of Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, etc., etc. The minor who has been arrested at first was reported to have assaulted only the victim's male friend but not taken part in the rape but later was assigned the responsibility for, by himself, having mutilated her intestines and other internal organs with an iron rod, because a minor can get away with confinement in a juvenile facility for a couple of years no matter what the crime. These may have been RAW operatives who committed the crime. There were no reports of the serious injuries to the victim's internal organs until about two days after she had been admitted to the hospital. The injuries to her internal organs may have been inflicted on her by a member of the hospital staff at RAW's behest, even under the pretext of doing surgery, or by a RAW operative who gained access to her after she had been admitted to the hospital.

    (Dec. 31, 2012) A surgeon named Shiv Shankar Sastry in Bangalore on the defence board Bharat-RakshakDOTcom using the handle "shiv" who is a RAW operative directed the mutilation of the above victim. An Indian physician who uses the handle "gakakkad" on Bharat-Rakshak and was apparently doing a fellowship in cardiology in the United States until recently works for CIA-RAW and participated in the above crime. Documentation of K. Subrahmanyam coming on line, along with the CIA Director Michael Hayden, on August 9, 2008 and offering to transfer one crore rupees into my bank account within 48 hours if I agreed to work for the CIA — which shows Indian governments, in the present and in the past, to be proxies for the CIA — can be seen via HaydenSubrahmanyamDOTblogspotDOTcom. K. Subrahmanyam wrote to me: "At the present time, we are seeking your cooperation for a very important matter, i.e. the cause of Indo-US friendship. / I am pleased to inform you that we will be awarding you handsomely for your cooperation. We will transfer the sum of INR 10,000,000/- (1 crore rupees) to your bank account within 48 hours of receiving confirmation of your willingness to assist us." The gang rape victim was killed by RAW to divert attention from my press releases of this month about the incomparably more violent rape and domination of India by the Anglo-Americans and keep the focus on rapes of Indians by Indians. In other words, she was killed by CIA-RAW in the cause of Indo-US friendship.

    (Jan. 2, 2013) After I wrote the above, the United States and Britain issued travel advisories against travel in India to locations where protests against the gang rape are taking place. The Congress Party, the BJP and Samajwadi Party criticized the travel advisories saying there was no need for them. But if the political parties and public are true to their words, they will tear out the uterus of any Anglo-American woman seen in India as was reportedly done to the above victim, castrate any Anglo-American male in India and also those Indians, such as the political parties and government, participating in the Anglo-American rape of India.

    Satish Chandra