A group of eleven activists from India’s Khunti region, about 11km from the state capital Ranchi, fell victims to kidnappers and rapists whose dehumanizing crimes were known and supported by the host community.
According to a report from NDTV, the kidnapped activists include five women aged between 20 and 35 years. Their purpose of visit to the community was to create awareness on sex abuse, violence, and human trafficking, which have eaten deep in India’s societal foundations.
Khunti women are one of the most vulnerable groups in India.
The activists who work for Asha Kiran, a non-profit organization sponsored by a local Christian missionary group, said they were held hostage for over 4 hours. The kidnappers forced them to drink urine while recording the assault footage on mobile phones and warning them not to report their experiences to the police.
Among other undignified behaviors from the perverts, their women preys also suffered sex abuse, with pistols and tree branch forced into their private parts.
Three police officers investigating the crime in Jharkland reportedly went missing during a search operation. There are speculations that supporters of “Pathalgarhu”, an anti-establishment and self-rule movement are responsible for the attacks.
Speaking on the incident, senior police officer RK Mullick said the crime was an act to “teach the authorities a lesson.”
‘It wasn’t an act of passion but a conspiracy…to scare off the police,’ Mullick said.
Jharkhand is notorious for sex abuse and human trafficking crime. According to a report from CNN, two teenagers were raped and set ablaze at the location last month, however, the news outlet reports that last week’s gang-rape involved seven activities (three men and five women).
Two of the six abductors have been arrested and are currently working with the police to fish out others at large.
Writing on Quora about the increasing rate of crimes in India, Mr. Balaji Viswanathan argued that more of these rape cases will most likely increase in their numbers due to the country’s growing population and poverty level.
“Crimes always go proportional to population,” he said. “In any society, you can assume one in 1000 will be crooks and criminals. If your whole nation is just 1 million people, you need to deal with only 1000 such crooks.”
Viswanathan continued, “If you have 1000 million people, you have a million potential criminals to deal with thus you need to adjust all figures to population.
“Rapes are always under-reported everywhere (given that the majority of the rapes are done by close people). Even if you assume that 95% of the rapes are not reported in India, while 100% of rapes are reported in the West, India still has lower rapes as % of population. This is no excuse and thus let us move to the next 5 points.”
Viswanathan cited the following as India’s bigger problems with regards to reducing crime levels: a backward legal system; inadequate number of courts, judges and police; exploitative work environment which offers more pay for women to work at odd hours; and an unbalanced ratio between males ad female.
He acknowledged the contributions from reporters in India who are constantly proactive in shedding light on sex abuse cases and other crimes.
“Indian media gives a greater importance to individual rape incidents than most other media around the world,” he said, calling for all hands on deck against the menacing acts of a few depraved individuals.
In 2012, a total of 24,923 cases of rape were reported around India, according to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB). Ninety-eight percent of the cases involved people known to the victims.