Violence against women in the Indian Subcontinent has become almost an endemic issue. Rape cases in India have doubled between 1990 and 2008. A new case is reported every 20 minutes although, equally distressingly, the conviction rate for rape was only 24.2% in 2012.
The media has played an important role in bringing the magnitude of these crimes to public scrutiny over the past 2 years - triggered by the Delhi Bus Rape incident. Politicians on the other hand, have been less supportive - many of whom have attempted to quell the outrage that has sparked among the Indian citizens by downplaying the severity of the issue.
Last week, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, two young girls (aged 12 and 14) were gang raped and hung. A state minister from newly elected Narendra Modi's BJP party commented saying "sometimes its right sometimes its wrong" - an appauling comment highlighting the highly de-sensitized attitude of male politicians. Silent protests are being organized by myriad NGOs and the youth is actively supporting the media in the war they have waged against the lack of security for women.
A state minister from Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has described rape as a "social crime", saying "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong", in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. The political leaders of Uttar Pradesh, the state where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.