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Police response to Delhi child rapes shocking.

India's lack of progress on the official perception of rape is a real concern that needs to be addressed urgently. It is important that all of India, including both the cosmopolitan cities and the remote rural areas, understand that full equality of women in society means that men should treat women with equal respect, and the crime of rape, which challenges this respect in a deeply disturbing and brutal manner, must be dealt with severely and quickly. This weekend Delhi has again been shocked by particularly disgusting and outrageous rape cases that have been compounded by grossly insensitive remarks by a senior police official, which appear to confirm an official casualness about rape. This must end.

The horrific separate rapes of two girls over the weekend have revealed continuing callous perceptions from law enforcement officials. A two-year-old was abducted by two men on Friday and raped before being dumped in a park near her home, and a five-year-old was lured to a neighbour's house and raped by three men.

Given the high sensitivity of rape cases wherever they happen, and Delhi's recent history, which includes a student who was raped on a bus two years ago, it shows crass stupidity at the very least for Delhi's senior special commissioner of police to say that rapes happen everywhere, even if he later added that it is high time to put "our heart and head into eradicating rape". It has to be made clear that the political leadership at all levels, and law enforcement officials everywhere, cannot regard rape as just another crime.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 19, 2015
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