The horrific gang rape that killed 23 year old Indian physical therapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey last December created an international uproar.
In the past, men treated women as open game, rapes were normal and the police and courts never did much to combat them. But after Jyoti’s death, tens of thousands took to the streets nationwide to demand the death penalty for the perpetrators.
On the evening of Dec. 16, Jyoti and her 28-year-old boyfriend had gone to a movie and then boarded a bus that was not part of a scheduled service. The driver and five men, who pretended to be passengers, beat the student’s boyfriend unconscious. Then they dragged the woman to the rear bench of the moving bus and attacked her, one after another. Later they threw the couple, naked and unconscious, onto the side of a highway, where 40 minutes passed before they were found by passerby.
A judge in India has sentenced four men to death by hanging for the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that ignited mass anti-rape protests in December. The family of the victim, Jyoti Singh Pandey, was among those demanding the death penalty. The sentence must still be approved by India’s high court.
Not only in India, but across the world, men feel they have some sort of control over a woman. Whether it be her body and/or her mind. Human’s started off with the giving of a young woman to be a man’s vessel for child bearing, his sexual slave, his personal cook and cleaner, his property.
This has been the downfall of man in my opinion. This has been the root of man looking to our God(s) as Him/He, not She/Her. Woman gives life, she is GOD. When we understand the interlining links to this patriarchal system of dominancy, we will have richer societies.