Three jailed for India mother and daughter gang rape




Three jailed for India mother and daughter gang rape

a protester against rape in IndiaImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe incident has caused outrage across the country, and raised questions about police efficiency

Three men suspected of participating in the gang rape of a woman and her teenage daughter have been sent to jail for 14 days as investigations continue.

The two were dragged out of a car by a group of men along a highway between Noida, a Delhi suburb, and Kanpur city on Friday, reports said.

Three male relatives travelling with them were assaulted and tied up.

The incident has caused outrage across the country and raised questions about police efficiency.

Some of the victims alleged that they got no response from the official helpline number.

One of the men who was attacked told the Hindustan Times newspaper that the line had been continually busy and that when they finally got through, the officer at the other end of the line had “repeatedly asked questions instead of rescuing the family”.

Family members also alleged that a police van had driven past the field in Bulandshahr area where the incident took place, but had not stopped.

Senior police officer Sujeet Pandey told BBC Hindi on Monday that the three men, who were arrested on Sunday, were remanded in prison after they were identified by their victims.

Three more men were detained today, he added.

The Uttar Pradesh state government has suspended seven policemen in connection with the incident and set up a 300-member taskforce to investigate the incident.

The family was also robbed of money, jewelry and their mobile phones.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.

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My heart aches for the fact that there has been another rape. Actually, there have been thousands world wide today, but this one was a mother and daughter. This just seems heinous to me. World leaders need to recognize that crimes against women are serious. Rape is a crime where a woman body in invaded, ravaged and desecrated. Rape should be almost as serious as murder. Rape kills a part of a woman and it can never be replaced.


The Pope says that the world is at war, not a religious war, but war. I say there is a war against women and minorities going on.I am anti war, but we have to punish people who attack events and groups of people severely. We need to punish rapists very severely because they can not stop their behavior. They feel no remorse and should be shut away for the rest of their lives.


There are too many people in prison for minor charges serving long sentences and rapists getting out in a couple of weeks. The is backwards. This needs to be straightened out. We need to protect citizens, especially women and children. We need to prevent an all out war.


“We regard our living together not as an unfortunate mishap

warranting endless competition among us

but as a deliberate act of God

to make us a community of brothers and sisters

jointly involved in the quest for a composite answer

to the varied problems of life.”

—Steven Biko

Peace is Found Through Human Endeaver and From Divine Sources



A Prayer for Peace

“Let us live in peace, God.
Let children live in peace, in homes free from brutality and abuse.
Let them go to school in peace, free from violence and fear.
Let them play in peace, God, in safe parks, in safe neighborhoods; watch over them.
Let husbands and wives love in peace, in marriages free from cruelty.
Let men and women go to work in peace, with no fears of terror or bloodshed.
Let us travel in peace; protect us, God, in the air, on the seas, along whatever road we take.
Let nations dwell together in peace, without the threat of war hovering over them.
Help us, God. Teach all people of all races and faiths in all the countries all over the world to believe that the peace
that seems so far off is in fact within our reach.
Let us all live in peace, God. And let us say, Amen.
—–Rabbi Naomi Levy

“There is no creature whom the Blessed Holy One rejects.
God accepts all.
The gates are open at every hour.
All who wish to enter may enter.
Therefore it is written in Scripture:
” My doors I open to the wanderer” (Job 31:32)
Meaning the Blessed Holy One accepts all creatures as one. (Exodus Rabbah 19:4)

The Heart and Wings

The Heart and Wings

How many of us perform our small acts of kindness, charity and goodness for the wrong reasons?  We expect a kind deed to be rewarded by a kind fate, to preserve us from trouble and misfortune. Goodness does not confer on us a life bereft of trials and tribulations. It does not prevent sadness or tragedy.

We are rewarded for our good deeds. Indeed, God honors the unseen kindness much more than the one done for an audience. There is a reward just not the one that humans expect. So look at your intentions, don’t assist someone just because you expect a reward.

We are rewarded not for our good deeds, but by these deeds. The greatest compensation is that we have done a kindness. This is what we can do to put peace within us and to allow it to spread out in each of our circles of friends and families. No Nobel Peace Prize, but to know that we have grown as a person and that we have elevated the meaning of our lives. One must do right and avoid wrong because we are human and we owe our humanity to seek perfection.

Human courage

Human courage

The reality of war is quite alarming but it is important for us to understand the horror of war and the blessings of peace.

Death Tolls Of Americans through Viet Nam

Civil War—–600,000
World War I——116,700
World War II——408,000
Viet Nam—-58,000
Total of American military personnel killed is 1,237,700

A note of remembrance is that during WWII, in Poland alone, the Nazis murdered 2,800,000 Jews.  And later on the Nazis murdered 3,200,000 more Jews. When I was a little girl, my Croatian grandfather, who had fled to America when the communists took power, talked a lot to me about the importance of never forgetting that innocent people die during wars. He told me if we forget that we are all humans, created equal, then the wars will continue. He gave me a black and white book of what the Allies found in the camps. I don’t have the book anymore but the images have been burned upon my mind.

War is not a game. Once you fire that bullet you can’t take it back. God will not take it back. You watch the spirit leave the vessel it has been in during this journey on this plane. Our military staff come home with difficult psychological problems such as PTSD. I believe before we ask someone to do that, we had better be saving many innocent lives that would have otherwise perished.

The Madman, Khalil Gibran

The Madman, Khalil Gibran

All of the traditional faiths down through history, have always combined service to God and humankind with service to self. Personal growth and community outreach and service are part of what makes us human and not animals.

Kindness of heart and soul help to bring about Peace in the world.

Kindness of heart and soul help to bring about Peace in the world.

Each day of our lives is a gift we are given, whether we have earned it or not. We are loved by the Divinity of the Universe.

“The sun goes down, the shadows rise,
The day of God is near its close
Lord, crown our work before the night:
At eventide let there be light.”

– From Yom Kippur Readings, edited by Rabbi Dov Perets Elkins

May we be mindful each day that we are loved by the Universe whether we deserve or appreciate it at all, it is never ending and all encompassing every human being. Even those who have been criminals and murderers still the spark of Divinity lay deeply inside. It is never put out until the end of that soul’s journey. So may we live in harmony and peace for ourselves, for our communities and our countries.