Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) took to Twitter on Monday to make an appeal to public to help a six-year-old girl who was brutally raped in the Indian national capital. Tweeps are furious over the incident.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) tweeted: “Visited six year old rape survivor in hospital. She was raped so brutally that despite a four hour operation, her internal organs are damaged! Father rickshaw puller, step-mum a beggar and family homeless. Request courts to give death to the guilty immediately. Seek support from society to help rehab girl.”
Visited 6 year old rape survivor in hospital. She was raped so brutally dat despite 4 hour operation, her internal organs r damaged! Father rickshaw puller, stepmom beggar & family homeless. Request courts to give death to guilty imm. Seek support frm society to help rehab girl.— Swati Maliwal (@SwatiJaiHind) July 16, 2018
She said that those who wish to help the girl should send an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a report on local news outlet, India Today, the girl was allegedly kidnapped on July 14, “when she was playing near Kali Mandir in New Delhi. She was found in a pool of blood at 11.30pm. She was badly injured and was bleeding profusely. Her parents, who were frantically searching for her, rushed her to the hospital.”
Tweeps are furious over repeated rape cases in the city and across the country.
@cvisuali posted: “I cannot take this anymore... in the 21st century when women should be fully empowered.”
And @KUMARAM19572733 wrote: “So brutal these rapists are.... We are with the girl and will support her in all possible ways.”
Goodness....yes, can we please have capital punishment for those who commit this crime!!— Madhav Namjoshi (@Robin824) July 16, 2018
Tweep @BengalSherni said quick punishment was necessary: “Barbarian act. How many more children will fall prey to such heinous crimes. Our judicial system should give timely and exemplary punishment for such cowardice acts.”
And @gurgaon_aap added: “What’s the point of amendment in laws when there is no swiftness in punishment.”
Following massive protests that followed the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012, the Indian government had set up a panel headed by a retired judge to recommend legal reform and other ways to reduce sexual violence in the country.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Nirbhaya Act) which provides for amendment of Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act, and Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 on laws related to sexual offences, received Presidential assent on April 2, 2013 and came into force from April 3, 2013.
Yet, it took over five years for the perpetrators of the Nirbhaya rape case to finally face punishment.
On July 9, 2018, India’s Supreme Court finally passed the verdict that the four men guilty of raping and torturing a student on a moving bus in Delhi, in 2012, will be hanged.
@pradeep48189415 tweeted: “That’s very sad to hear that. None of the government officials taking this seriously. Their job is to protect people from harmful people. But they are ignoring this critical issue. I hope, the government can do at least something for those women and children.”
That’s very sad to hear that. None of the government officials taking this seriously. Their job is to protect people from harmful people. But they are ignoring this critical issue. I hope, the government can do at least something for those women and children.— Pradeep kumar (@pradeep48189415) July 16, 2018
India’s Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year approved the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape. A number of measures for speedy investigation and trial of rape cases were put in place. According to the amendment, stringent punishment in case of rape of a girl under 12 years was stipulated to be - “minimum 20 years’ imprisonment or imprisonment for rest of life or with death”.
Apart from making a public appeal, Maliwal also appealed to Modi to implement provisions in the recently passed ordinance urgently and ensure that the guilty are given death penalty within three months.
The Commission will be filing an application in the court for release of victim compensation.
India has the largest number of sexually abused children in the world. In India, a child under 16, is raped every 155 minutes, and in 2015 more than 10,000 children were victims of rape, according to Unicef(United Nations Children's Fund).
It's so horrific. Every case is gruesome yet our countrymen (read BJP supporters) debate on ranking of our nation about women safety. Nobody talks about how our Law & order is crumbled and govt is mute spectator, fake sympathizer. When will india be truly safe?— The Black Sky (@theBlackkSky) July 16, 2018