A young women lies on the ground after being gang raped and disemboweled by a group of young men in India. The police refuse to touch her body because it has been ‘sullied’. Only a male partner, who has also been beaten during the attack will lift her into the ambulance. This was the fate of Jyoti Singh Pandey in New Dehli, India. She died 13 days later at a hospital in Singapore. Rape has become a national crisis in India. Women have gained some independence in the nation, such as carrying jobs, but they are not safe, especially in urban centers. Women are still looked upon as wards of their family or the state. Soon after this incident came a backlash of political protests. These protests “seemed to cut across class, gender, and caste profile”. This gave international attention to the issue of rape in India. People were awakened to the issue and protesters believed they were being part of the change.
It is important to remember that violence against women is not just a problem for the Indian community, but it is an international issue. Violence against women transcends cultural boundaries. There are common patterns of this violence all over the world. The story of Jyoti Singh Pandey is a testament to the brutality of violence against women. While India struggles with laws protecting the women of their country. Other countries should review their cultural practices to ensure safety for women throughout the world.