New Delhi Rape Victim Laid to Rest

Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault

The world is mourning for the 23 year-old woman who was brutally beaten and gang raped by 6 men in the Munirka area of Delhi on December 16th. She passed away peacefully after being transferred to a Singapore hospital, and was flown back to New Delhi for a cremation and burial service.

The young woman and a male companion were taking the bus back from a movie when the group of men, including the bus driver, attacked the both of them. They were beaten and she was gang raped for over an hour before being thrown from the vehicle at a bus stop and left for dead. The young woman was in intensive care for brain injuries and severe trauma, and doctors had been hopeful that she would recover.

This horrific and brutal attack has awakened and angered people around the world, igniting a fight to change the social climate of New Delhi, nicknamed the “rape-capital” of the nation, and change the treatment of women in India. Reports state that rapes in India have increased 25 percent from 2006 to 2011. More than 600 rapes were reported in New Delhi alone in 2012, yet only one attack has resulted in a conviction.

“That girl could have been any one of us,” said Sangeetha Saini, 44, who was interviewed by The New York Times at a candle-filled demonstration in Delhi, along with her two teenage daughters. Thousands of supporters have flocked to New Delhi to hold protests against violence on women, and to support those women who face sexual assault.

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