“Girls Raped Then Hung in Uttar Pradesh, India, Force Focus on Rape Worldwide”
In his West Point commencement address, Obama essentially noted that, until the US joins the “international community” and agrees to cede power over its sea lanes to the UN — that is, until we surrender some of our sovereignty to nations openly hostile to us — we have no real right getting involved in the South China Sea. This was a message to the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, the North Koreans, the Muslim extremists, and others looking to gain ground on the US as a world power, that Obama is willing to hold our security hostage until we meet his transnationalist progressive demands.
To which I say, fuck him.
Obama hates what he believes to be the post-colonialist west, and the US in particular has drawn his ire (from his college screeds against Reagan and nuclear arms to his rejection of our immigration laws), and wishes to become part of a series of soft socialist countries that are controlled by a centralized international bureaucracy. That is, he wants us to become more like the countries which, when the happy veneer of a progressive media is removed, are in many ways throwbacks — at least when it comes to civil liberties. And this includes even allies like India.
Early Thursday, two teenage Indian girls, aged 14 and 15, cousins, were found dead, hanging from a mango tree, in Uttar Pradesh, where their heartless gang-rapists had left them. Both are Dalits, formerly considered “untouchables.”
One (or possibly two) men are in custody; two or three more men are being sought. Three police officers have been removed from duty because they did not register the girls as missing when their families first reported it. One or possibly two police officers have, reportedly, been arrested for having sided with the criminals and delayed acting on a report of the missing girls. The superintendent of police said, “We now believe the girls were assaulted for their low caste.” A post mortem determined that, indeed, they had been gang-raped and then hung.
Despite the fact that India is a constitutional democracy and a modern country, caste still plagues the country. Hindu honor killings are perpetrated mainly for reasons of caste-violation. In general, Dalits may be viewed as even more justifiable prey than other women—even by other Dalit men. One police officer believes this was a Dalit-on-Dalit crime.
Sexual violence against women is a huge problem, not only in India, but also all over central and southeast Asia, as well as in Hindu Bali. I recently screened a 2013 film, Bitter Honey, about Hindu polygamy in Bali which documented how a woman, even accompanied by her mother, is treated by the police when she alleges beatings or rape by a husband or by a stranger. The police do not look at her, turn away from her, walk away, or keep staring at her. Often, the police are bought off by the offender and his family, in which case the police threaten the woman if she dares persist.
In India, rampant, public sexual harassment of girls and women (known as “eve-teasing”), rapes, and gang-rapes are as pandemic as they are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Indian police are corrupt, the rape victims hesitant about ruining their own and their families’ reputations and marriage eligibility. Rape victims do not want to be raped again by the police, many of whom are easy to bribe and who may share the same view of women-as-man’s-natural-prey that rapists believe in.
And so, two very young and innocent girls have been rape-murdered in India.
Rape-murder is condemned. But is “mere” rape being condemned?
Only if a rape victim has also been murdered is she then presumed “innocent”—unless, of course, she is a prostitute, or too independent a woman.
Compare this kind of thing — which is endemic in certain parts of the world — to the manufactured “war on women” so many Democrats push here as a point of departure between the left and right. Compare this to, for instance, the Duke rape case, or to the silly grandstanding over “fair pay” laws, which are pushed cynically in spite of their already existing federal laws that guarantee equal pay for equal work.
It seems to me that were any of our grievance group activists serious about what it is they stand for, they’d stop romanticizing the Other and condemning their own. And unless and until I hear feminist academics in this country spending more energy on causes like this than on, eg., trying to have bathrooms accommodate transgendering persons, I will continue to treat them with the seriousness they and the rest of their phony leftist cohort deserve: precisely none.
They are about power and special dispensation. Which in an odd and jarring way puts them closer to the rapists in this case than to the women who were raped and murdered.
Think about that for a second. Because though I’ll be attacked for saying so — and people will pretend a literalism intended in my remarks that doesn’t exist — it is a coherent bit of analogy that perhaps should be taken to the mirror by the professional victim classes the next time they are feeling like a little self-examination may be in order.