South Africa has earned the unpopular tag of a country with maximum number of rape cases. Every 26 seconds, a woman is raped in the country, according to a United Nations report. Not only this, only one in four men admits to rape, says a survey, carried out by Medical Research Council in 2009.
In such a country, where rape is normalized in the minds of people, it is a huge development when people raise their voice against the atrocity. While it is humbling to know that they drew the courage from India, it is also a huge lesson for us as Indians to understand how worse things can become when we do not protest against this social vagary, and instead, turn a blind eye to it.
The incident, which rose new voices in South Africa against rape, was when 17- year-old girl, Anene Booysen was lured by a group of men, raped, mutilated and left to die. However, before dying she did name her boyfriend to be one of the attackers, which led to his and another man's arrest. The horrific incident after which the hospital staff fought to save her life brought the South African rape incident in the media glare.
Taking a page out of the Indian incident, people in South Africa are reacting strongly to the incident. As reported by guardian.co.uk, Patrick Craven, spokesman for the Congress of South African Trade Unions, said: "When a very similar incident occurred in India recently, there was a massive outbreak of protest and mass demonstrations in the streets; it was a big story around the world. We must show the world that South Africans are no less angry at such crimes and make an equally loud statement of disgust and protest in the streets.”
The South African President, Jacob Zuma also condemned the incident and termed it 'inhumane’. For India, the only lesson that we can draw is protest harder against rape so that we do not become comfortable with rape or be conditioned to it.
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