New Delhi: Gangraped, tortured, harassed by the accused and the police, a 17-year-old girl in Patiala, Punjab, was driven to suicide by an uncaring criminal justice system. She was repeatedly summoned by policemen and asked to describe details of the rape. "They repeatedly insulted us and asked uncomfortable questions," said victim's mother.
Shaken by the brutality of the crime and apathy of the police, the Punjab and Haryana High Court took suo motu cognisance and issued notice to the IG asking for a report by January 8. An embarrassed Punjab Police itself admitted lapses.
The questions is, why does it take a suicide or a brutal rape like the one in Delhi for the administration to sit up and take note? As protests were raging in the national capital against the rape of the 23-year-old, more than 25 such cases were reported during the same week.
Delhi: The husband of a playschool owner in the national capital raped a three-year-old after sedating her.
Uttar Pradesh: In Faizabad, an investigating officer raped a rape victim.
Gujarat: In Ahmedabad, a man raped his two-and-a-half-year-old relative and dumped her in a field. She died in hospital on Christmas.
Andhra Pradesh: In Hyderabad, a man raped his five-year-old neighbour.
Maharashtra: In Trombay, a man raped a 15-year-old differently-abled girl.
Maharashtra: In Mumbai, three men raped a Nepalese woman in different locations on the same day.
Jammu and Kashmir: In Srinagar, a few men dragged a woman into a jungle, gagged her and then gangraped her.
Tripura: In Agartala, a mob allegedly stripped, gangraped and battered a woman in full public view.
Manipur: In Imphal, a political leader molested a film actress leading to violence on the streets.
Madhya Pradesh: In Sagar, three workers of a government hospital raped a woman who had come to get her daughter treated for burn injuries.
These, however, are just a few blips on the rape map of India. There are many others who don't even find a mention in police records.