01/02/2013, 00.00
INDIA

Violence against women in India: change a culture that accepts degradation of humans

Santosh Digal
All India Christian Council (AICC) report. Funeral of the New Delhi gang rape victim celebrated this morning. Crimes against women permeates Indian society: rapes, sex-selective abortions, discrimination in school and at work. The Dalai Lama: "Concerned about the degeneration of moral values in India."

Hyderabad (AsiaNews) - The Indian mentality "has to change" because "a culture that accepts the degradation of the human being, can not stop the violence against women", in all its forms. The All India Christian Council (AICC) comments on the case of the New Delhi gang rape, where the victim - a girl of 23 - died from serious injuries. This morning, the young woman's family cremated her body and scattered her ashes in the Ganges, according to the Hindu funeral rites. Meanwhile, protests continue to demand the punishment of the six defendants (including a minor) and stringent measures to stop sexual violence in the country. A minister of the central government, Shashi Tharoor, has proposed to make the name of the victim (which by law has never been revealed, ed) public to name a new anti-rape law after her.

According to John Dayal, secretary general of the AICC, "for too long we have allowed a culture that targets our women and justifies various forms of violence against women." In fact, in recent years criminal and discriminatory episodes against children, adolescents and adult women have increased: in addition to rapes, they include selective abortions and female feticide, marginalization and criminalization in the world of study and work.

Speaking to AsiaNews days ago Dr. Pascoal Carvalho, Indian doctor and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said that what happened to the girl who was raped in New Delhi was "an attack on life itself", for the terrible wounds and violence inflicted. The reactions of civil society in fact, sometimes violent, for the Catholic academic evidence of a "distorted thinking" that does not guarantee "true dignity, autonomy and rights for girls and women."

After the death of the girl, the Dalai Lama, leader of Tibetan Buddhism expressed deep sorrow for what happened in New Delhi, and "great concern for the degeneration of moral values ​​of society." "India - he added - is a great country with an ancient history and a civil patrimony such as that of non-violence [ahimsa], which must not be lost."

 

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