I am so lucky as I have the most fabulous friends who come from India and they have taken me into their family and into their hearts and everyday with them is a pure joy, and I cannot wait to get to India when all this Covid is over as it is the sort of place I would never want to come back from….the smells, the vibrancy of the place, the towns where modern life has never caught up and the beautiful sunsets…..

However, the down side is the raping by gangs who are targeting females regardless of their age.

Supporter of India's main opposition Congress party shout slogans as they burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath during a protest demanding justice for the death of a Dalit woman after an alleged gang rape in Uttar Pradesh Pradesh Hathras in Nagaon District of Assam, India today
Supporter of India’s main opposition Congress party shout slogans as they burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath during a protest demanding justice for the death of a Dalit woman after an alleged gang rape in Uttar Pradesh Pradesh Hathras in Nagaon District of Assam, India today 

Furious protesters took to the streets across India today demanding justice for the horrific gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman as five senior police officers were suspended over their handling of the case.   The teenager from the disadvantaged Dalit caste, was found in mid-September outside her village in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state with a broken spine after the savage attack. She died at the end of September in a New Delhi hospital. The police have arrested four high-caste men on charges of gang-rape and murder.

The caste system is well known and not one I agree with but India has managed years without our interference and we should not demand changes, that has to come within. However, if the caste system is preventing justice then we must demand a change regardless of where we live.

I have spent months in the company of 12 lovely Indian ladies. They were polite, happy, always smiling and such a joy and it never dawned on me that they could be part of a caste system as I was just me, and them and the goodbye present they gave me is a treasured gift and one looked back on with such memories of a wonderful time, but it is frightening to think that they could fall victim to this.

The Me Too Movement should start to lobby the Indian Government as women deserve to be able to live without fear of violence, especially in such a spiritually beautiful country like India.

The police have faced criticism for cremating the woman’s body in the middle of the night – reportedly with the help of some petrol – against the wishes of her family and religious custom. A senior policeman on Thursday sparked further outrage after claiming that a forensic report and an autopsy had shown that the woman had not been raped. This contradicts statements from the victim and her mother and reported hospital findings, while experts said the forensic test was carried out too long after the attack.  Hundreds of police have also barricaded the village, preventing the woman’s family from leaving and journalists and opposition politicians from talking to them. The family’s mobile phones have also reportedly been seized.  (Source Daily Mail)

There will never be true democracy for women, especially those in the poorer areas of India because they are not seen as equal to men and then you have the caste system. Again, I am not trying to stop that as that is India’s system but there must be a crime against women regardless of their caste as rape is rape, murder is murder and they should have the full rights afforded to them whether they have money, standing or not.

Too long the system has been in favour of the rich people and it has to stop.

All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) activists hold placards during a protest over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman after an alleged gangrape in UP's Hathras, in Guwahati, India today
All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) activists hold placards during a protest over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman after an alleged gangrape in UP’s Hathras, in Guwahati, India today 

An average of 87 rapes were reported in India every day last year, according to data by the National Crime Records Bureau, but large numbers are thought to go unreported, and I guess you could add hundreds to it and it needs to stop.

India is a beautiful country in its thoughts and actions as it is in its gorgeous history, its fantastic buildings and its deep spiritual connection with mother earth, but to gain true beauty it has to provide a justice system for all.

My heart bleeds for the parents of those girls who because they were born in a lower caste system cannot get the justice they deserve, as that is the fundamental right of every person on the planet and without justice there can be no healing. People need and deserve the right to heal and to know that the system is against you from day one must be truly heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers to all those poor lower caste women and girls who have suffered this and are still waiting for the justice they so desperately need.

Come on Me Too….get involved in a cause that will have the backing of so many people….a real cause and one that needs sorting out, and to the Government of India please, please, please get your justice system sorted and show that every life matters.