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While Indians Were Busy Denying The Reuters’ Report, 2 Little Girls Were Gang Raped In MP

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Madhya Pradesh is burning in protests and tears.

Another little girl, studying in class 2 was gang-raped and left for dead after the monsters slit her throat on Tuesday, June 19, while she was waiting for her father to pick her up from school. She is fighting for her life at the moment.

In a separate attack on Wednesday, June 20, a six-year-old girl was raped, murdered and mutilated after being lured away from a wedding in the city of Gwalior.

This has been happening while the rest of India is debating the Thomson Reuter Foundations’ report that placed India as the most dangerous country for women.

Youth Ki Awaaz conducted a poll and several fellow writers shared their views and the comments that came were telling of the truth.

And the comments:

1. Denial at its best

And to answer her question about who appointed the women – Thomson Reuters did. I believe the Foundation is way more credible than any Indian government anyway as they have no cases of rapes, frauds, corruption or other crimes against them.

2. Let’s bring religion into it

Implying here that only Muslims feel unsafe and hence Muslims have biased feelings against the country.

3. In other words, ‘Go to Pakistan’

So this is the blind patriot’s best answer to criticism. Not realising that millions of Indians are out of India anyway, and there are several million who are desperately making one visa application after another. And not to forget the millions who are not privileged enough to leave the country in search of a better life. Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, divert it by provoking people and making personal attacks so they get busy proving their loyalty and the problems never get resolved.

4. The cup half-full kind of people

Yes, a handful of women worked in the Mars program, few become pilots and some run businesses. And there are 3 crore girl children missing from the national (birth ratio) census. 1 raped every 15 minutes. Millions trafficked into sex slavery. Millions suffering from domestic violence. While we admire the achievements of the handful of girls, let’s not look away from the millions who are not even allowed to be alive.

5. Of course, it is the conspiracy of the international media

The awestruck Indian, too glorified at the might of his country, ignorant enough to not know the difference between a charitable organization and a media company. Shamelessly comparing India to Syria and Afghanistan, the nations of total disaster, war zones. Let’s for a second assume that Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan were ahead of us. Let’s say India was 5th or 8th on the list… then what? Isn’t that still pretty pathetic? Isn’t it something that needs concrete actions instead of denial?

6. Again, a few women became pilots so India has no crimes against women

One dude here is on about the conspiracy against ruining the image of India. Let me tell you, dude, it is pretty pathetic already since India has now become the rape capital of the world. Another one goes on to question the expertise of the respondents or experts. Firstly, let me assure you that having the largest number of female pilots is no evidence of no crimes against women. That is just because India has a large population.

And secondly, Thomson Reuters does not make surveys like your uncle’s WhatsApp group posts. The appointed women are top experts in the field of human rights, women’s issues, trafficking and health care.

It also amazes me how this same survey conducted by the same Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2011 was believable but suddenly in the new regime, it isn’t believable to the exact same people who made plenty of fuss back then when India was on the 4th rank in 2013.

7. Attack the researchers and their credibility

More people are questioning the researchers and their methodology instead of going home to their mothers, sisters, girlfriends, and wives and asking how many men have whistled at them the last time they went out.

Other articles and videos have similar responses where people are busy defending hierarchy in the pile of crap where India stands.

You can deny the survey all you want and call it a conspiracy. But sooner or later when things get worse, you’ll know. And frankly, most of these people already know, but why admit the truth?

And while these hyper-patriots were busy giving personal certificates as evidence of how safe India is, two little girls were gang-raped in Mandsaur. One died and other left for dead, fighting for her life.

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