Jyoti Singh Pandey, the girl who died after New Delhi's vicious gang rape on 16 December 2012. Image Source: The Poor Mouth.
2012 ended with savage violence: an Oregon shopping mall shooting on 12 December; the unspeakable 14 December Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut; also on 14 December, 22 children were slashed by a knife-wielding attacker in an elementary school in Chenpeng village, Henan province, China; and on 24 December, New York firefighters were shot by a suicidal arsonist.
The details of the Indian gang rape of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey continue to unfold day by day. The female victim's name was released on 5 January by her father, Badri Singh (Hat tip: The Poor Mouth). She was disembowelled during the rape on a bus. After the girl and her male friend were thrown into the street without their clothes and begged for help, passersby looked at them but did not help them (see my earlier posts on the bystander effect, here and my very first post on this blog, here). The police finally appeared and spent half an hour arguing over the correct hospital jurisdiction.
As Aristotle said, only beasts and gods live beyond the city walls. To cross the boundaries of what once defined civilization is to face an unthinkable choice between the two. The alternative is to step back and remember what makes us human beings.
Image Source: Mirror.