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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2430

From 'local products' to 'imported stuffs'!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

While the BCCI is still struggling to find a way out of the match fixing mess it is in now, after many of its highly connected officials are implicated one way or other, in a country, which has become infamous for its marauding vultures looking for helpless women, we learn about yet another gang rape of an American woman.

According to news report, a 30-year-old American woman was picked up early Tuesday morning -4 June- by men in truck as she was hitchhiking back to her guest house, after visiting a friend.

This is happening to a foreign tourist just three months after a Swiss woman was gang raped in March, in the northern resort town of Manali.

In the same month, a British woman jumped out of a hotel balcony in Uttar Pradesh state to escape a possible sexual assault.

Police are also now investigating an alleged rape of a 21-year-old Irish woman working as a volunteer with a non-governmental organization in West Bengal, last weekend. The gang rape of a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist on a bus and her murder last December 16 shook the Indian capital, New Delhi, better known as the ‘rape capital’.

Sex crimes are common in India. The National Crime Records Bureau has said more than 24,200 rapes were reported in India in 2011 – one every 20 minutes. It is also estimated that a very large amount goes unreported due to shame.

A travel advisory from the US State Department warns that women tourists to India should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions.

Women disregarding this warning, we believe, are asking for trouble.

In the meantime a group outside India has suggested to the Central government of India to do a thorough study to find out the real cause for the ever increasing gang rape menace in the country mainly in the northern part of India, whether it is their food habit or sex starvation.

It has also pointed out the new trend among the criminals: 'switching from local products to imported stuffs' - their preference for the foreign tourists. The group has vehemently insisted that death penalty should be introduced, immediately, as a deterrent to offenders and quick disposal of cases related to gang rape.

- Asian Tribune -

Indian schoolgirls hold slogans during a silent rally against the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi, in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
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