Delhi gangrape braveheart dies after battling for life for over 12 days

The 23-year-old paramedical student, who was allegedly gangraped and brutally assaulted by six men inside a private bus in Delhi on December 16, has died. The student, who was airlifted from New Delhi to Singapore on December 26 as her condition showed no signs of improvement even after 10 days of treatment at Safdarjung Hospital, breathed her last on Saturday (December 29, 2012).

According to the doctors at Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital, the victim, before her death, had shown signs of severe organ failure despite the doctors putting her on maximum artificial ventilator support and optimal antibiotic doses.

Before being shifted to the Singapore hospital, the 23-year-old was being treated at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital with doctors performing multiple surgeries on her. However, despite all the efforts, her condition did not show much improvement and she succumbed to her injuries.

All the six men accused of brutalising the girl have been arrested and the case has led to nation-wide protests. The protesters have been demanding better security for women and girls, especially in Delhi which many point out is considered to be one of the most unsafe cities for women according to National Crimes Bureau records.

The 23-year-old gangrape victim had remained on ventilator support for a long time at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, and then at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. Her intestines, which had been badly damaged and were infected as a result of the assault, had to be removed surgically.


  1. aryan 9 years ago


  2. FS 9 years ago

    ‘It’s like the life we had never existed… every day now passes in a flash’

    Pritha Chatterjee

    “When a movement is happening, it is sometimes hard to know you are at the epicentre,” says the younger brother of the Delhi bus gangrape victim who continues to battle for her life.
    Ironically, the 19-year-old adds, nobody lets you forget it either — not the protesters, not the eager internet rumour-mongers, not the politicians, not the police and certainly not the media. In the midst of all, their only concern is a woman who only partly knows the extent of her injuries but senses the worst as the buzz around her grows.

    It’s been a week since the family has been at the bedside of the woman at Safdarjung Hospital. Since then, from the floor of Parliament to the doors of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the story of their tragedy is the only thing they have been hearing.

    “It is like the life we had a week ago never existed. Every day is now passing by in a flash. When I switch on the TV or log on to a social networking site, I see these emotional outbursts about Damini, Amanat, Nirbhaya (the names some media organisations have given the victim). It’s hard to digest that this is my sister they are talking about,” says the brother.

    The first time he saw a pseudonym flashing on TV, he says he raised the issue with doctors and some police personnel. “I thought the channel in question had got my sister’s name wrong, because they said ‘Damini’s condition is deteriorating’ — they addressed her like that. I was reassured from the first day that our names, my sister’s name would not come out. I was furious,” he says.

    He has since learnt the ropes, even the terms for it. “Somebody explained to me it is a phenomenon known as personification. I don’t like it, but they say she is the face of a movement,” he says. However, the Net barrage was something he couldn’t take — he has blocked his Facebook account.

    “Every two hours, there is a new rumour. On social networks, celebrities and many friends flash her obituaries every night. For them it is just an online status they correct in two hours. At the same time, media channels say she has had a two-hour conversation, she has walked, she has smiled, she has hugged UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi,” he says.

    Last Friday, he saw claims on a TV channel of his sister having “taken a few steps, with brother’s help”, and “walking for the first time after the incident”. She was actually vomiting and complaining of a new abdominal pain that day.

    “That night, my mother and sister hardly slept. It was a long and bad night for us, and TV channels were flashing that she was on her feet. I was tired and angry,” he recounts.

    On Sunday, as the protests over the rape turned violent in Delhi, the family faced another pressure. Even as the victim went through one more operation, her brother says the police approached them.

    “They told us more than 80 people had been injured, that people were getting violent in my sister’s name. They wanted us to make an appeal for peace. We wanted the movement to continue, but we did not want violence,” her brother says.

    Towards the evening, when she was brought back to the ICU after her surgery, her father finally conceded to the demand. The father’s appeal to “Please help the police in maintaining law and order. Pray for my daughter, vandalism can serve no purpose”, rang out through media channels late on Sunday night.

    A day later, the father does not want to interact with the media, despite repeated requests. “My father is scared that a wrong message has gone out. It seems like we don’t want the protests. We are suffering so much, why should we be against the movement? Now, he has decided against speaking to the media. There were more requests from the police, but we told them we don’t want to risk it again,” the brother says.

    The flood of relatives and neighbours has not made things smooth either. “People want to know what she said, what she wrote in notes, how long she had known her male friend, who was accompanying her. Relatives want us to ask doctors if she will be able to get married and have children. My parents have become tired of answering questions,” he says.

    Politicians have gone so far as to seek a meeting with the girl. “There is a risk of infection, we have said that repeatedly. But the requests continue to pour,” a senior administrative official at Safdarjung Hospital said.

    While some politicians paid solitary visits, others have been calling the family and landing at the hospital every day. “They are protesting outside the hospital, calling us at odd hours, telling us they will pay us for her medical treatment. Each one speaks to the doctor, gets a new update, and calls us. While we appreciate the support, it gets scary sometimes,” the brother says.

    Meanwhile, the family’s efforts are concentrated on keeping the victim as guarded from the hue and cry as possible. While she wants the accused to be hanged, the brother says, she is also scared.

    “She does not know her intestines have been removed. She doesn’t even know the extent of the public outcry,” says the brother. “Even when her friends or relatives come to visit, she asks us how much they know. When she hears of politicians coming, she gets scared. She keeps asking my mother if she has told anyone what happened.”…-every-day-now-passes-in-a-flash-%252522/1049876/

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    “The first time he saw a pseudonym flashing on TV, he says he raised the issue with doctors and some police personnel. “I thought the channel in question had got my sister’s name wrong, because they said ‘Damini’s condition is deteriorating’ — they addressed her like that. I was reassured from the first day that our names, my sister’s name would not come out. I was furious,” he says.”

    Stupid media naming her Damini. Have they even seen the movie Damini? Damini is not the rape victim in the movie. Its the maid who gets raped in the movie Damini. Why cant they just say the rape victim or the girl who was raped? Why have stupid names like Amanat and Nirbhaya? They should be in movies writing stories not in journalism.

    • FS 9 years ago

      Its pathetic … Today when i logged in twitter, i come around these names like nirbhaya, amanat and damini… I knew tht they took damini name to sensationalize but what is amanat or nirbhaya?

  4. Baba Ji 9 years ago

    time for women to get empowered and not live the life of prey. ppl who advocate women shud submit themselves to rapes to stay alive, need to see this,the delhi girl is no more.

  5. Ankur 9 years ago

    Such incidents instill terror in women and their families. We may write online that women should be empowered but ground reality is that women themselves start living in fear. Or families become even more paranoid about females.

    It’s a dismal situation.

    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      by empowerment, i meant women need to learn how to defend/escape themselves,be prepared for the ugliest of scenarios ,atleast those who travel late at night alone. That is the only practical way i see.Living in fear or not being prepared/submitting to rape, in the hope that they will stay alive , is a delusion. Rapist from now will make sure they kill the women after rape, given the furore generated when the delhi girl was found semi-alive after rape.They would like to finish their evidences the and there.It is better to be prepared,there is 50% chance of escaping and living.

  6. Ankur 9 years ago


    You’re right. But girls or families don’t think like that. They’ll either stop getting out or keep pretending it won’t happen to them. Self defence training is the last thing on mind of any girl or their families, unfortunately.

    • Bored 9 years ago

      That mindset needs to change.

    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      Power of self defense in real world

      Rajeev Dash :
      Hi good morning
      Here at Bhubaneswar there Is a famous temple .. Lingraj temple
      One Israeli tourist was here some days back ..
      Some people eve teased her .. She took them on and bashed them as she was trained in martial arts
      Then the public came up for her
      The guys were arrested
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  7. TopShot 9 years ago

    Hanging those bastards to death is not enough… cut the part by which they did this hideous crime.. n then leave them alive to experience the hell on earth… do this now n no one would dare to even think doing such a hideous crime again…

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    ‘Arrest us all’

    When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead.

    A year ago Usha Narayane was about to embark on a new life. A call-centre worker with a diploma in hotel management, she was 25 and about to travel north from her home in the centre of India to begin a managerial job in a hotel in Punjab. The job would transport her not only geographically but also socially.

    Like her neighbours, Narayane is a dalit, an “untouchable”, at the bottom of the caste ladder. Schooling and literacy are rare among the women of Kasturba Nagar, the slum neighbourhood in the city of Nagpur where she grew up. She was unmarried, preferring to work and study. Yet nobody resented her success. Instead, they had high hopes for the girl. But Narayane went nowhere. Today, she is in her family’s one-room, windowless home, awaiting trial for murder.

    At 3pm on August 13 2004, Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of around 200 women from Kasturba Nagar. It took them 15 minutes to hack to death the man they say raped them with impunity for more than a decade. Chilli powder was thrown in his face and stones hurled. As he flailed and fought, one of his alleged victims hacked off his penis with a vegetable knife. A further 70 stab wounds were left on his body. The incident was made all the more extraordinary by its setting. Yadav was murdered not in the dark alleys of the slum, but on the shiny white marble floor of Nagpur district court.

    Laughed at and abused by the police when they reported being raped by Yadav, the women took the law into their own hands. A local thug, Yadav and his gang had terrorised the 300 families of Kasturba Nagar for more than a decade, barging into homes demanding money, shouting threats and abuse.

    Residents say he murdered at least three neighbours and dumped their bodies on railway tracks. They had reported his crimes to the police dozens of times. Each time he was arrested, he was granted bail.

    But it was rape that Yadav used to break and humiliate the community. A rape victim lives in every other house in the slum, say the residents of Kasturba Nagar. He violated women to control men, ordering his henchmen to drag even girls as young as 12 to a nearby derelict building to be gang-raped.

    In India, even to admit to being raped is taboo, yet dozens of Yadav’s victims reported the crime. But the 32-year-old was never charged with rape. Instead, the women say, the police would tell him who had made the reports and he would come after them. According to residents, the police were hand-in-glove with Yadav: he fed the local officers bribes and drink, and they protected him.

    When one 22-year-old reported being raped by Yadav, the police accused her of having an affair with him and sent her away. Several others were sent away after being told: “You’re a loose woman. That’s why he raped you.”

    Nagpur is counted among India’s fastest-growing cities. Yet the experience of the women of Kasturba Nagar is a parallel tale of how everyday life in India’s back streets is stuck in the past. Splashed across the country’s news- papers, the gory image of Yadav’s blood on the courtroom floor was a lesson in the consequences of a state unable to protect the weak and the vulnerable.

    After Yadav’s murder, powerful voices were raised supporting the lynch mob. Prominent lawyers issued a statement saying the women should not be treated as the accused, but as the victims. One retired high court judge even congratulated the women. “In the circumstances they underwent, they were left with no alternative but to finish Akku. The women repeatedly pleaded with the police for their security. But the police failed to protect them,” said Justice Bhau Vahane.

    Two weeks before the lynching, Yadav came to Narayane’s house on several successive days, threatening to throw acid on her and rape her. He targeted her, she says, because she was outspoken and her brother-in-law, a lawyer, had verbally stood up to Yadav. “He raped only poor people whom he thought wouldn’t go and tell, or if they did, wouldn’t be listened to. But he made a big mistake in threatening me. People felt that if I were attacked, no woman would ever be safe.”

    Although Narayane has been charged with Yadav’s murder, she claims she was not at the court when it took place but in the slum collecting signatures for a mass complaint against him. Among the charges levelled against her are some of India’s most serious offences, including “anti- nationalist” crimes amounting to treason. “The cops say I planned the murder; that I started it. They have to make someone a scapegoat,” she says. She believes she has been singled out because she has been the police’s most vociferous critic. Her education gave her the confidence that inspired the community to act, she says.

    In the week before the lynching, people started to talk about taking action against Yadav. He disappeared, sensing boiling anger. Narayane and her brother-in-law bypassed the local officers and went straight to the deputy commissioner. He gave the family a safe house for a night and promised to search for him.

    On August 6, hundreds of residents smashed his empty house to rubble. By evening they heard Yadav had “surrendered” and was in custody. “The police had said he would be in danger if he came back. They suggested he surrender into their care for his own safety.”

    The next day he was due to appear at the city’s district court and 500 slum residents gathered. As Yadav arrived, one of his henchmen tried to pass him knives wrapped in a blanket under the noses of the police. After the women protested, the accomplice was arrested and Yadav taken back into custody, but not before he threatened to return and teach every woman in the slum a lesson.

    Hearing that Yadav was likely to get bail yet again, when he returned to court, the women decided to act. “It was not calculated,” Narayane says. “It was not a case that we all sat down and calmly planned what would happen. It was an emotional outburst. The women decided that, if necessary, they’d go to prison, but that this man would never come back and terrorise them.”

    On the day of Yadav’s hearing, 200 women came to the court armed with vegetable knives and chilli powder. As he walked in, Yadav spotted one of the women he had raped. He called her a prostitute and threatened to repeat the crime against her. The police laughed. She took off her sandal and began to hit him, shouting, “We can’t both live on this Earth together. It’s you or me.”

    It was a rallying cry to an incensed mob. Soon, he was being attacked on all sides. Knives were drawn and the two terrified officers guarding him ran away. Within 15 minutes, Yadav was dead on the courthouse floor. But his death has not brought the women peace. Five were immediately arrested, then released following a demonstration across the city. Now every woman living in the slum has claimed responsibility for the murder. They say no one person can take the blame: they have told the police to arrest them all.

    But it is Narayane who is in limbo as she waits for her case to be heard. “After the murder, society’s eyes opened: the police’s failings came to light. That has irritated them. The police see me as a catalyst for the exposure and want to nip it in the bud.”

    They face a fight. Narayane is loudly unrepentant. “I’m not scared. I’m not ashamed,” she says. “We’ve done a good thing for society. We will see whether society repays us”.

  9. Baba Ji 9 years ago

    Indian women hurry to obtain guns after gang rape

    • aryan 9 years ago

      After throwing her off the bus, accused tried to crush ‘Amanat’, say sources

      irst they brutally beat and gang-raped the 23-year-old medical student in a moving bus. Then, they threw her and her friend, also badly beaten, out of the bus. And then, the six men accused of murdering the young woman in a case that has shaken a nation’s conscience, allegedly tried to drive the bus over the couple. The friend pulled her to safety, just in time, the police has reportedly documented in the 1000-page chargesheet that it plans to submit in court this week.

      As police investigations continue, more shocking details of what happened on the evening of Sunday, December 16, are emerging. The police has knit together a tale of horrific brutality and the valiant attempt of the young woman and her friend, hopelessly outnumbered, to fight off their assailants. In that effort, as she was pinned down and raped, the young woman bit three of the men assaulting her. The bite marks on them are likely to be part of the Delhi Police’s evidence.

      The woman died on Saturday last after a 13-day struggle to survive injuries so grievous that her intestines had to be removed, she had three major surgeries and a cardiac arrest before being flown to Singapore. She died in hospital there of severe organ failure. The Mount Elizabeth Hospital where she died is expected to send the post-mortem report to the Delhi Police today. It will be one of the most crucial pieces of evidence in the case that the police is building against the six accused in the case.

      Key testimony also lies in the statement of the software engineer who was accompanying Amanat (NOT her real name) on the bus and was assaulted with an iron rod by the six drunk men on board when he tried to protect her.

      According to the police, when the woman and her male friend boarded the private bus at the Munirka bus-stop in south Delhi, they saw some men sitting inside, who seemed to be passengers. The unsuspecting couple, the police says, did not know realise that all these men were, in fact, part of a group. A little later, as the bus moved, the men came together and confronted the woman for being out late with a man. A scuffle began and the woman’s friend reportedly hit out at one of the accused; his friends pulled out an iron rod and began to beat up first the man and then the woman too, because she put up a fight.

      Sources say the police has found out that the girl was taken to the back of the bus and held down by two of the accused, a man named Akshay Thakur and another who is a minor and cannot be named. As she fought the men, the woman bit Akshay, the main accused Ram Singh, and another main accused, Vinay Sharma. Forensic tests will establish who bit them, say police sources.

      One of the charges against Ram Singh, the driver of the bus, is destruction of evidence; he allegedly washed down the bus to erase all proof of the crime and also burnt the clothes that the men had snatched off the victims before throwing them on the road.

      The police have added dacoity to the list of charges against the six men; they have already been charged with murder, attempt to murder, gang-rape, sodomy, kidnapping and robbery. The first draft of the chargesheet, sources say, cites around 30 to 40 witnesses, including the doctors who treated the student, first in Delhi, and then at the Singapore hospital.

      While in critical condition in hospital, Amanat shared her testimony with two different judges. Her account was not video-taped, but will be the most important evidence in the trial. Daily hearings have been promised by the Delhi High Court and the government, to ensure that a verdict is reached quickly.

      Senior police sources say that the chargesheet has been vetted by legal experts, and that the police will ask for the death penalty for the six men who have been charged with Amanat’s rape and murder. The minor cannot be tried in court. A report will be sent to the Juvenile Justice Board, which will handle his case.

      The unabated monstrosity of the attack on Amanat has walloped India, stirring anger and protests, with thousands pledging to fight in her memory for better safety for women and tougher laws for those convicted of rape. Activists also point out the need for fast-track trials for rape cases to counter the perception that the notoriously slow legal system allows those accused of sexual and other crimes to escape punishment.

  10. Baba Ji 9 years ago

    Exactly the things which i was saying since last few weeks. some naysayers dismissed my arguments saying its not practical and laughed off that baba is just a guy who lives in fantasy and watches too many action films.Not that they themselves were capable of coming up with any solutions. anyway heres something for them and the rest of us.

    From fb: A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim
    and here are some interesting facts:

    1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.
    They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid
    or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to
    go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common

    2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women
    who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors
    around to cut clothing.

    3] They also look for women using their cell phone, searching through
    their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are
    off guard and can be easily overpowered.

    4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is
    grocery store parking lots.

    5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

    6] Number three is public restrooms.

    7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman
    and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to
    worry about getting caught.

    8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged
    because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going
    after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

    9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas,or
    other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their

    10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to
    the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince
    these guys you’re not worth it.


    1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or
    with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask
    them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk:
    can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now
    that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line- up,
    you lose appeal as a target.

    2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of
    you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to
    said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would
    not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY

    3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of
    it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER
    SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

    4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can
    do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from
    behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and
    armpit or in the upper inner thigh – HARD. One woman in a class this
    guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was
    trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin
    and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching
    yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts.

    5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a
    particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts it
    is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and
    make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our
    instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of
    trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

    6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers
    and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing
    down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using
    much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked

    7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of
    your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any
    odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel
    little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really
    was trouble.

    I know you are smart enough to know these pointers but there will be
    some, where you will go “hmm I must remember that” After reading,
    forward it to someone you care about, never hurts to be careful in
    this crazy world we live in.

    1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your
    body. If you are close enough to use it, do it.

    2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans : if a robber asks
    for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from
    you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or
    purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN

    3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back
    tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like
    crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has
    saved lives.

    4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping,eating,
    working, etc., and just sit
    (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON’T DO THIS! The
    predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for
    him to get in on the passenger side,put a gun to your head, and tell
    you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU CLOSE the DOORS , LEAVE.

    5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or
    parking garage:

    a. Be aware: look around your car as someone may be
    hiding at the passenger side , peek into your car, inside the
    passenger side floor, and in the back seat. ( DO THIS TOO BEFORE

    b. If you! u are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the
    passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling
    them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their

    c. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and
    the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest
    your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a
    guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE
    THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

    6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are
    horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

    7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS
    RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times;
    And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

    8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may
    get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a
    good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies
    of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often
    asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when
    he abducted his next victim.

    I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a
    life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going
    to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers,
    wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as

    Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the
    world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better safe than


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      sputnik 9 years ago

      Some of the new points are good but some of them like learning self defense or running away or pepper spray was already discussed.

      All these points are assuming that there is only one rapist. They could be a gang too.

      • Baba Ji 9 years ago

        there is no such assumption in the article.

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          sputnik 9 years ago

          Most of the points start with “If someone” for the rapist.

          • Baba Ji 9 years ago

            “them” and “they” is also used in equal measure but thats not the point. when you explain something , you always use singular form.

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    sputnik 9 years ago

    I still think this article is based mostly on one rapist. I would have liked more suggestions on how to avoid rape if multiple guys attack at the same time. The thing is if it is one man he may get scared and run. But when there are more than one it becomes an issue of ego – an affront to their “mardangi”. The guys cannot afford to lose to a woman before their friends. They have to teach the woman a lesson – its all about power.

    Anyways here is a good article from great bong about Regressive Narratives in cinema.

    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      you can continue to think whatever you want. you are known to not change your opinion even when proved wrong.

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        sputnik 9 years ago

        “(The adage that skill and technique will win over size and strength is largely true, but a 120 lb woman will likely not be able to defeat a 300 lb man unless her skill is substantially greater than his, or she knows exceptional self defense tactics). ”

        “Against multiple attackers, especially when they have weapons, grappling disciplines such as judo and jiu jitsu are limited. They can still be highly effective, especially for expert practitioners, but many techniques (armbars, the guard and mount) are simply not practical if another person is left to attack you. Stand up techniques, especially kicks such as those used in taekwondo and karate, are more practical against multiple attackers, but unlike in movies, getting attacked my multiple attackers is extremely dangerous no matter who you are, and you are unlikely to win regardless of what disciplines you know.”

        “In short, martial arts training IS effective, but doesn’t guarantee success. Often the best defense is leaving the situation before it escalates to the point of physical violence.

        Andre Robert has over a decade experience training in several martial arts, including karate, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, judo and aikido. He has competed in and won numerous amateur MMA bouts”

        • Baba Ji 9 years ago

          well grappling techniques doesnt mean only ground techniques . It involves lot of things like using an opponents weapon against him or using it to to your own advantage. (Aikido). Kicks etc is not needed bcos you dont wanna fight,you wanna escape so hitting the pressure points is the key (NInjutsu/ krav maga).Nothing guarantees success but its about creating a chance of survival.

          Movies have created a very wrong notion about martial arts. Firstly bcos its too OTT and secondly the bastardisation of the impact of its moves. In real martial fights, there are hardly any flashy moves unlike films. And most important thing, a kick or a punch thrown by a martial artist cannot be sustained by a normal person. It can be fatal for him and there is no way he can rise and fight back .he has to be hospitalised bcos the avg force of a martial artist kick is over 1 tonnes equivalent to the impact of a 35 mile car crash! so the crap that they show in movies where the action hero beats up henchmen and they keep rising back is stupid and unrealistic.

          here is a study on martial arts and its true impact by national geographic.

  12. Suprabh 9 years ago

    there is a difference between avoiding a fight and winning a fight.. I think these techniques may not help an average woman beat the shit out of their attacker(s) but may certainly give them substantial break or opporutnity to run away or rech a place where there are people and at the same time bring in some kind of weakness and shock to the attacker.

    • Baba Ji 9 years ago

      agreed. Moreover, i have always said attack should be last option. there are 100 things one can do to avoid getting into such a scenario in the first place.

  13. Bored 9 years ago

    I have a simple solution – all indian females need to watch and rewatch Hindustaani about how to grab a crotch and give it one ugly twist – doesnt take much strength – just quick reflex. They shud actually train with both hands 😉

    • Bored 9 years ago

      And the tagline for this anti-rape training will be “Pakro Aur Ghumao!”

  14. Baba Ji 9 years ago

    Rapes occur in India, not Bharat: RSS supremo Bhagwat

    • hithere 9 years ago

      He lives in Treta yug.

    • Author
      sputnik 9 years ago

      25 years’ court data proves RSS chief wrong; 75% of rape convicts from ‘Bharat’

      NEW DELHI: Women’s groups have criticised RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s view on rape in “India” and “Bharat” for being regressive. But data shows that not only are Bhagwat’s views regressive, they’re also plain wrong.

      While the National Crime Records Bureau does not split registered cases of sexual assault by rural and urban areas, Mrinal Satish, an associate professor of law at Delhi’s National Law University, used court data to find that 75% of rape cases that led to convictions over the last 25 years were from rural India.

      For his doctoral dissertation at the Yale Law School in the US, Satish looked at all high court and Supreme Court cases involving rape reported in the Criminal Law Journal (which reports criminal law cases) between 1983 and 2009 in which at least one court (trial court, HC or SC) had convicted the accused. The data thus does not include cases in which the accused was acquitted at all levels. Satish also had to leave out cases that were not for some reason reported in the Journal.

      He found that over 80% of these rape cases in high courts and close to 75% of rape cases in the Supreme Court came from rural areas. Close to 75% of gang rape cases in HCs and 63% of gang rape cases in the SC came from rural areas. Over 65% of cases involving the rape of a child (less than 12 years old) came from rural areas. On average, 75% of all rape cases in higher courts that had led to at least one conviction came from rural areas. While the numbers are fairly proportional to India’s rural/urban population, they do disprove Bhagwat’s statement that rapes do not take place in rural areas.

      “Rape as a tool of caste violence is rampant in rural areas,” says Kalpana Viswanath of the women’s rights group Jagori. “The controlling of women’s bodies through institutions like khap panchayats is also a rural phenomenon,” says Viswanath.

      Moreover, activists hotly dispute Bhagwat’s attempt to draw a correlation between “modernity” and rape. For one, custodial rape, which has little correlation with “modernity”, is rampant in India. The case that changed the history of rape law in India, the Mathura rape case in which two policemen in north-east Maharashtra raped a tribal girl in a police station, was a case of custodial rape. Rapes of disabled women, patients in hospitals, children and older women – all with little association with “modernity” – are extremely common, Viswanath adds. “Ultimately this is an attempt to take the debate back to making rape the fault of women, rather than focusing attention on where it’s needed, on society and institutions,” says Viswanath.

  15. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    “According to the chargesheet, the juvenile had subjected the 23-year-old physiotherapist to sexual abuse twice, once when she was unconscious. He extracted her intestine with his bare hands and suggested she be thrown off the moving vehicle devoid of her clothes, it says.”

    “Of all the persons in the bus, two had engaged in the most barbarism — Ram Singh, the main accused in the case, and the juvenile,” said an officer.

    “Both of them had subjected her to sexual abuse twice. Singh was the first to rape her followed by the juvenile and then Akshay. Later, when she lost consciousness, Singh and the juvenile raped her a second time.”

    Around 9.30 pm, he used his peculiar ‘sing-song’ whistle to lure the couple aboard the bus. The vehicle started moving on a different route, making the victim’s companion apprehensive. They shut the only functional door of the bus.

    “When the victim’s companion objected, Singh passed a lewd comment which triggered an altercation,” the officer said.

    The first one to engage her companion was the juvenile before Singh attacked the man on his head with the blunt iron rod used as a weapon during the episode.

    • hithere 9 years ago

      Age has nothing to do with this crime. He was aware what he was doing. He must be tried like an adult.

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        sputnik 9 years ago


        17 is not an age where someone does not know what he is doing is right/wrong. They cannot let him get away on a technicality that he is 6 months younger than 18. If he gets away with 3 years in jail for this then Indian laws are a joke that need to be rehauled immediately.

  16. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    “I Fought For My Life…And Won” – Sohaila Abdulali

    I was gang raped three years ago, when I was 17 years old. My name and my photograph appear with this article. in 1983, in Manushi.

    I grew up in Bombay, and am at present studying in the USA. I am writing a thesis on rape and came home to do research a couple of weeks ago. Ever since that day three years ago, I have been intensely aware of the misconceptions people have about rape, about those who rape and those who survive rape. I have also been aware of the stigma that attaches to survivors. Time and again, people have hinted that perhaps death would have been better than the loss of that precious“virginity.” I refuse to accept this. My lifeis worth too much to me.

    I feel that many women keep silent to avoid this stigma, but suffer tremendous agony because of their silence. Men blame the victim for many reasons, and,shockingly, women too blame the victim, perhaps because of internalized patriarchal values, perhaps as a way of making themselves invulnerable to a horrifying possibility.

    It happened on a warm July evening.That was the year women’s groups were beginning to demand improved legislation on rape. I was with my friend Rashid. We had gone for a walk and were sitting on a mountainside about a mile and a half from my home in Chembur which is a suburb of Bombay. We were attacked by four men,who were armed with a sickle. They beat us, forced us to go up the mountain, and kept us there for two hours. We were physically and psychologically abused, and, as darkness fell, we were separated, screaming, and they raped me, keeping Rashid hostage. If either of us resisted, the other would get hurt. This was an effective tactic.

    They could not decide whether or not to kill us. We did everything in our power to stay alive. My goal was to live and that was more important than anything else. I fought the attackers physically at first, and with words after I was pinned down. Anger and shouting had no effect, so I began to babble rather crazily about love and compassion,I spoke of humanity and the fact that I was a human being, and so were they, deep inside. They were gentler after this, at least those who were not raping me at the moment. I told one of them that if he ensured neither Rashid nor I was killed, I would come back to meet him, the rapist, the next day. Those words cost me more than Ican say, but two lives were in the balance. The only way I would ever have gone back there was with a very, very sharp instrument that would ensure that he never rapedagain.

    After what seemed like years of torture (I think I was raped 10 times but I was in so much pain that I lost track of what was going on after a while), we were let go,with a final long lecture on what an immoral whore I was to be alone with a boy. That infuriated them more than anything. They acted the whole time as if they were doing me a favour, teaching me a lesson. Theirs was the most fanatical kind of self righteousness.

    They took us down the mountain and we stumbled on to the dark road, clinging to each other and walking unsteadily. They followed us for a while, brandishing the sickle, and that was perhaps the worst part of all—escape was so near yet death hung over us. Finally we got home, broken, bruised, shattered. It was such an incredible feeling to let go, to stop bargaining for our lives and weighing every word because we knew the price of angering them was a sickle in the stomach. Relief flooded into our bones and out ofour eyes and we literally collapsed into hysterical howling.

    I had earnestly promised the rapists that I would never tell any one but the minute I got home, told my father to call the police He was as anxious as I was to get them apprehended. I was willing to do anything to prevent someone else having to go through what I had been through. The police were insensitive, contemptuous, and somehow managed to make me the guilty party. When they asked me what had happened,I told them quite directly, and they were scandalized that I was not a shy, blushing victim. When they said there would be publicity, I said that was all right. It had honestly never occurred to me that Rashid or I could be blamed. When they said Iwould have to go into a home for juvenile delinquents for my “protection.” I was willing to live with pimps and rapists, in order to be able to bring my attackers to justice.

    Soon I realized that justice for women simply does not exist in the legal system. When they asked us what we had been doing on the mountain, I began to get indignant. When they asked Rashid why he had been “passive”, I screamed. Didn’t they understand that his resistance meant further torture for me? When they asked questions about what kind of clothes I had been wearing, and why there were no visible marks on Rashid’s body (he had internal bleeding from being repeatedly hit in the stomach with the handle of the sickle), I broke down in complete misery and terror, and my father threw them out of the house after telling them exactly what he thought of them. That was the extent of the support the police gave me. No charges were brought. The police recorded a statement that we had gone for a walk and had been “delayed” on our return.

    It has been almost three years now, but there has not been even one day, when I have not been haunted by what happened. Insecurity, vulnerability, fear, anger, helplessness—I fight these constantly. Sometimes when I am walking on the road and hear footsteps behind I start to sweat and have to bite my lip to keep from screaming. I flinch at friendly touches, I can’t bear tight scarves that feel like hands round my throat, I flinch at a certain look that comes into men’s eyes—that look is there so often.

    Yet in many ways I feel that I am a stronger person now. I appreciate my life more than ever. Every day is a gift. I fought for my life, and won. No negative reaction can make me stop feeling that this is positive.

    I do not hate men. It is too easy a thing to do, and many men are victims of different kinds of oppression. It is patriarchy I hate, and that incredible tissue of lies that say men are superior to women, men have rights which women should not have, men are our rightful conquerors.

    My feminist friends all assume that I am concerned about women’s issues because I was raped. This is not so. The rape was one expression of all the reasons why Iam a feminist. Why compartmentalize rape ? Why assume rape is only an unwanted act of intercourse ? Are we not raped every day when we walk down the street and are leered at ? Are we not raped when we are treated as sex objects, denied our rights, oppressed in so many ways ? The oppression of women cannot be analysed unidimensionally. For example, a class analysis is very important, but it does not explain why most rapes occur within one’s own class.

    As long as women are oppressed in various ways, all women will continue to be vulnerable to rape. We must stop mystifying rape. We must acknowledge its existence all round us, and the various forms it takes. We must stop shrouding it in secrecy, and must see it for what it is — a crime of violence in which the rapist is the criminal.

    I am exultant at being alive. Being raped was terrible beyond words, but I think being alive is more important. When a woman is denied the right to feel this, there is something very wrong in our value system. When someone is mugged and allows herself to be beaten in order to survive, no one thinks she is guilty of willing consent to be beaten. In the case of rape, a woman is asked why she let them do it, why she did not resist, whether she enjoyed it.

    Rape is not specific to any group of women, nor are rapists a particular group of men. A rapist could be a brutal madman or the boy next door or the too friendly uncle. Let us stop treating rape as the problem of other women. Let us acknowledge its universality and come to a better understanding of it.

    Until the basis of power relationships in this world changes, until women cease to be regarded as the property of men, we will have to live in constant fear of being violated with impunity.

    I am a survivor. I did not ask to be raped and I did not enjoy it. It was the worst torture I have ever known. Rape is not the woman’s fault, ever. This article is one contribution towards exploding the silence and the comfortable myths which we build up to convince ourselves we are not potential victims, thus consigning actual victims to the most agonizing isolation a human being can know.

    ( This article has been reproduced from archives of Manushi, and was written in 1983)

    Today, Sohaila writes, reads and walks. She has published two novels, The Madwoman of Jogare and Year of the Tiger; three children’s books; and numerous short stories, essays, news reports, blogs, columns, manuals, and just about every form of written material, which is in direct contradiction to her devotion to trees.

  17. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    “Why should we treat him as different from other children? If a child has committed a crime, it means society has failed him in one way or another and needs to think about his reform and rehabilitation”

    Yes same argument could be applied to adults and this is just nonsense. Ah the poor innocent 17 year old who raped and pulled out her intestines with bare hands needs love and reform. I don’t know what this lady is drinking/smoking.

    • hithere 9 years ago

      For a rape, I am not in favor of death penalty but any rape and physical assault which leads the death of victim is murder and should be eligible for death penalty or harshest possible sentence.

      • Bored 9 years ago

        Yes that is a fair viewpoint. This is a case of rape and murder – not just a rape.
        Even rape case punishments need to be much harsher than what we have now.

  18. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    21-yr-old raped, murdered in Noida

    Rajasthan: Rape victims molested by doctors, CM promises action

  19. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    Delhi Gang Rape Case: Bone ossification test proves juvenile accused in an adult

    Even as the Supreme Court has decided to hear a petition seeking transfer of the December 16 gang rape case to another court outside the National Capital Region (NCR) and Uttar Pradesh, it was revealed today that a bone ossification test of Vinay Sharma, one of the six accused, has proved that he was not a juvenile, and therefore, could be tried under the existing laws governing rape cases in the country.

    Law enforcement and forensic authorities said that as per the tests, Sharma is 19 and not below 18 as he had earlier claimed.

    The details of the bone ossification tests have been submitted to a court in Delhi that is looking at the case.

    It maybe recalled that the six persons gang raped, brutally assaulted and grievously injured a 23-year-old woman medical student on a running bus in outer Delhi on the night of December 16. The woman and her male companion were later thrown off the bus in half-naked state.

    She was intially treated in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, but on the advice of reputed medical experts such as Dr. Naresh Trehan, the government flew her out to Singapore’s Mt. Elizabeth Hospital, given the gravity of her injuries and her deteriorating health parameters.

    She struggled to survive for 13 days, but eventually succumbed.

    Her death led to nation-wide protests and forced the government to set up various committees to look at possibilities of reworking laws related to rape and women safety. It has also been decided to set up fast track courts to ensure quick settlement of such cases. (ANI)

  20. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    I don’t get why these recommendations are being praised on twitter. 20 years for Rape and Murder but life for Gangrape? So raping with friends is bad but raping and murdering alone is ok? I think it should be life whether its Rape, Gangrape or Murder.

    There is no intention of bringing down the juvenile age limit or trying juveniles as adults.

    Justice Verma panel recommends 20 yrs jail for rapists, no death

    Women’s groups say the most egregious problem is the medical test that a victim has to undergo, which includes a vaginal exam to determine if the woman is sexually active.

    Can’t believe that nonsense like this was going on.

    “In the so-called ‘two-finger test,” doctors probe the vagina to determine if a hymen is present and to try to determine if the vagina is lax, which is taken as evidence the woman routinely has sex and thus consented to intercourse. Often, the doctor is male.”

  21. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    There is no dearth of retarded people in the world

    New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As ‘Tampering With Evidence’

    A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.

    House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”

    “Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.

    Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.

    Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive nonprofit opposing the bill, called it “blatantly unconstitutional” on Thursday.

    “The bill turns victims of rape and incest into felons and forces them to become incubators of evidence for the state,” he said. “According to Republican philosophy, victims who are ‘legitimately raped’ will now have to carry the fetus to term in order to prove their case.“

    The bill is unlikely to pass, as Democrats have a majority in both chambers of New Mexico’s state legislature.

    UPDATE: 12:25 p.m. — Brown said in a statement Thursday that she introduced the bill with the goal of punishing the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime.

    “New Mexico needs to strengthen its laws to deter sex offenders,” said Brown. “By adding this law in New Mexico, we can help to protect women across our state.”

  22. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    Delhi gang-rape case: 17-year-old accused is a minor, rules Juvenile Justice Board

  23. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    This is sick.

    Outrage after Saudi cleric kills daughter
    Activists criticise ‘blood money’ ruling for cleric who raped and then tortured five-year-old daughter to death.

    A Saudi cleric who raped his five-year-old daughter and tortured her to death has been sentenced to pay “blood money” to the mother after having served a short jail term, activists have said.

    Fayhan al-Ghamdi, an Islamic cleric and regular guest on Islamic television networks, confessed to having used cables and a cane to inflict the injuries, activists from the group Women to Drive said in a statement on Saturday.

    Lamia was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, the activists said.

    They said the father had doubted his daughter Lama’s virginity and had her checked up by a medic.

    She died last October.

    Randa al-Kaleeb, a social worker from the hospital where Lama was admitted, said the girl’s back was broken and that she had been raped “everywhere”, according to the group.

    According to the victim’s mother, hospital staff told her that her “child’s rectum had been torn open and the abuser had attempted to burn it closed.”

    The activists said that the judge had ruled the prosecution could only seek “blood money and the time the defendant had served in prison since Lama’s death suffices as punishment.”

    Three Saudi activists, including Manal al-Sharif, who in 2011 challenged Saudi laws that prevent women from driving, have raised objections to the ruling.

    The ruling is based on Islamic laws that a father cannot be executed for murdering his children, nor can husbands be executed for murdering their wives, activists said.

  24. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    Convicted of rape and abduction, 23-year-old sentenced to community service in Haryana

    The Juvenile Justice Board in Haryana’s Rewari district has convicted a 23-year-old man of rape and abduction and sentenced him to serve at a cow shelter for six months. Board member Sunita Gupta has also ordered that his daily attendance be marked with the local superintendent of police.

    The verdict comes six years after the board began proceedings against the youth, who was 17 years old when he committed the crime in 2007. He is charged with abducting and raping a girl from his village in Kosli in Haryana’s Rewari district.

    Dhanpati, the deputy superintendent of police, Kosli, said, “The case was filed seven years ago. Both the accused and the girl were minors when the incident took place. The man has been sentenced to work at a cow shelter for six months.”

  25. Author
    sputnik 9 years ago

    Its the same everywhere. A 16 year old drunk girl was raped by two high school star football players and CNN is feeling bad for the ruined lives of the two players instead of the victim.

    “In August 2012, two members of the school’s football team, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were indicted for the rape of a minor which occurred on August 11–12, 2012. The case that garnered nationwide attention after it was prominently covered in the New York Times, in part for the role of social media in its development.[5] Participants publicized the event using Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and text messages. Video and photo evidence reveal that the girl was sexually assaulted over the course of several hours in front of party attendees, with no one intervening.[6] Some members of the community blamed the girl for her own rape (though the video/photo evidence showed her to be unconscious) and blamed her for casting a negative light on the football team and town.[6]

    On December 24, following national newspaper coverage, the hacker collective Anonymous threatened to reveal the names of other unindicted alleged participants.[7] In December 2012, KnightSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, hacked an unaffiliated website, posting a demand for an apology by school officials and local authorities, who had allegedly covered up the incident in order to protect the athletes and school’s program. KnightSec followed up their December hack on January 1, 2013, posting a video featuring the “self-proclaimed ‘rape crew’ from the night of the attack, making jokes about what had happened.”[8] There are allegations that more people participated in the incident.[9][10]

    On March 17, 2013, Judge Thomas Lipps found Mays and Richmond, who were tried as juveniles, guilty of rape. They face the possibility of being jailed until age 21.[11] The judge has set the minimum sentence for Richmond, who was found guilty of using his fingers to penetrate the girl while she was unconscious, at one year. Mays, who was found guilty of penetrating the girl while she was unconscious, and dissemination of pornographic pictures of her, was given a minimum sentence of two years.[12] Because the girl was a minor, Mays was charged with and convicted of dissemination of child pornography, which carries an additional year in prison. Mays and Richmond will also be registered as convicted sex offenders.” (From Wikipedia)

    Here is CNN’s coverage being bashed.

    Another good article bashing the media’s sympathy for the guilty instead of the victim.

  26. Author
    sputnik 8 years ago

    This is total mockery of Justice.

    Delhi gang-rape: juvenile found guilty of rape and murder, gets less than three years in reform home

    In the first verdict in the gang-rape of a Delhi student on a moving bus in December, a juvenile court today found the youngest accused guilty of rape and murder, and sentenced to three years at a reform centre.

    The eight months he has already spent in a home since his arrest will be knocked off his sentence.

    He was a few months short of 18 at the time of the crime which incensed India and forced the introduction of tougher laws for sexual crimes.

    The student’s parents broke down after the verdict. “We feel cheated. It’s a crime to be born a girl in this country,” said the girl’s father. (Read)

    The convict, who is now 18, has been acquitted of charges of attempted murder of the student’s male friend, who was with her on the bus and was assaulted with an iron rod to prevent him from helping her.

    He belongs to a village in Uttar Pradesh and had moved to Delhi when he was 11 to start working. (Read: In a village, a mother hopes someday her son will return)

    The inquiry against the juvenile, who had pleaded not guilty, was completed on August 5 but the ruling was deferred repeatedly because of a Supreme Court case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy which seeks to change the legal definition of a juvenile.

    Of the five adults who were arrested, one committed suicide in jail in March. The others are being tried by a special fast-track court and could face the death sentence if convicted.

    The verdict on them is expected in mid-September.

    On December 16, the young woman and her male friend were allegedly tricked into boarding an off-duty bus. The police say the men on board raped and brutalised the woman and savagely beat the man before dumping them naked on the roadside. The woman died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital.


  27. Author
    sputnik 8 years ago

    Delhi gang-rape case verdict: four convicted of rape and murder, sentencing tomorrow

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