(AsiaNews) - The brutal gang rape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai
"reflects the decline in the spiritual, social and cultural life of our
country. It is urgent to bring God back at the centre of our lives-in the
family, in society, in the workplace-and lead us to the values of the Gospel,"
said Card Oswald Gracias.
to AsiaNews about the latest case of
sexual assault that shocked the nation, the archbishop of Mumbai said that the incident,
which occurred on 22 August, produced "deep anguish and anger." It "is the
worst thing a woman can undergo. Rape is physical and psychological terrorism,
an abominable crime against the honour of women."
victim, a young 22-year-old photojournalist, was working as an intern at an English-language
magazine based in Mumbai. Accompanied by a colleague, on that day she went to
Shakti Mills, an abandoned former textile factory, to make a photo shoot. As they
were leaving at the end of their work, they were attacked.
by three men, they were told that they were not allowed to take pictures. The young
woman phoned her boss, who told her to leave right away.
Then things got worse. The men, five of them at this point, beat up and
tied the woman's colleague; then dragged her behind a wall, turned
off her cell phone and gang raped her.
to the police, who eventually arrested all the suspects, the attackers forced
the victim to clean up her own blood at the scene. At present, the young woman
is in hospital in stable condition.
chief minister ordered a speedy trial against the five men, who are aged 18 to
23. Their case is similar to another serious gang
rape in New Delhi, in December 2012.
our women and our children suffer violence and abuse even in their families, as
well as in a society that humiliates, degrades, discriminates, excludes and
exploits them," Card Gracias told AsiaNews.
"As morality is corroded and values corrupted, our system of values is
Church is a tool to serve society and the nation through education and our
facilities," the CBCI president said.
have already asked our schools to inculcate the values of justice and respect
for gender not only to students but also to parents. Mothers and fathers are
important in raising awareness of how we treat women in our families. The
Church in Mumbai and all of India will encourage a noble culture and society,
built on equality, justice and respect between men and women. "
decades, the Indian Church has dedicated 8 September, feast day of the Nativity
of Mary, to girls.