7 Arrested In Another Gang Rape Case In India

7 Arrested In Another Gang Rape Case In IndiaIn an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night. Police have arrested all seven suspects, including the bus driver, after the alleged Friday night attack in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab state.

‘They threatened me’

Just like a gang rape in New Delhi that sparked international outrage last month, the new attack occurred after the woman got on a bus. The bus sped past her stop, police said. By that time, the woman was the only passenger. The bus driver and his helper then took the married 29-year-old woman to an undisclosed address where five others joined the two men and raped her throughout the night, police said.

“They threatened me with a sharp edged weapon and did wrong things with me,” the victim told CNN’s sister station, CNN-IBN. “They kept me confined all through the night and forced me to do what they want.”


‘Cultural stigma’

The next day, the suspects dropped her off at her village, where she informed her family and alerted police, according to authorities.

The alleged attack bears a similarity to a December 16 gang rape where attackers assaulted a woman after she boarded a bus. The men also brutally beat her and her male companion, robbed them of their belongings and later dumped them by the side of a road. The badly beaten 23-year-old woman was flown to Singapore for treatment after the attack. She died about two weeks later while undergoing treatment.

The number of reported rapes in India — a country where a cultural stigma keeps many victims from reporting the crime — has increased drastically, from 2,487 in 1971 to 24,206 in 2011, according to official figures.

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Source: Faith Karimi and Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

Image: The Guardian

Bus Monitor Ruthlessly Bullied By Middle Schoolers

A profanity-laced video of middle school students in upstate New York verbally abusing a bus monitor is sparking an outpouring of support as strangers worldwide rally to her side.

Students taunt Karen Klein, 68, with a stream of profanity, insults, jeers and physical ridicule in the back of Bus 784. The bullying continues unabated for about 10 minutes in the video, as a giggling student jabs Klein’s arm with a book. Recorded by a student with a cell phone camera on Monday — the students’ second-to-last day of school — the brazen example of bullying went viral and spurred international outrage. The incident occurred in Greece, New York, near Rochester. Klein is a bus monitor for the Greece Central School District, and the harassers hail from a district middle school, the school district said Thursday on its website, although it did not identify Klein.


Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said Thursday that a juvenile must face a felony or misdemeanor to be charged in family court, while harassment only qualifies as a violation. CNN’s “AC360″ received statements Thursday from two of the accused middle schoolers, as well as the father of a third student, in which they apologized for their behavior.

The video prompted an outpouring of support and a fundraiser by international crowd-funding website indiegogo.com that had gathered more than $388,000 by 9:15 p.m. Thursday. The site says she earns about $15,000 a year as a bus monitor. Indiegogo’s Max Sidorov said the video struck a chord with him because he had been bullied himself. Feeling sadness for Klein, the first thing that popped into his mind was to raise enough money “to get her away from that environment and get her on a vacation somewhere.”

While saying that she wasn’t inclined now to push for criminal charges, Klein did say she wanted the four middle school boys punished. She gave a few disciplinary suggestions — like being banned from the bus and athletic activities, or possibly community service. But most of all, the grandmother of eight said she wanted to make sure they don’t bully anyone else.

What would YOU do if you were bullied in the same way as Klein was?

Source: CNN

Image: Examiner