reggiesimpson wrote:Youre right. Thats scary as heck. We met a number of women traveling in that part of the world and usually with a male companion. When that protective "veil" is ignored civilized behavior erodes. Hopefully the OP will take this into consideration.
Do you think that the gender imbalance is also a factor? Mothers abort female fetuses and raise desperate men? If true, neither protests or stronger punishments would change it soon.
I agree with hicabob on the point regarding the emphasis on male births vs female births in China. The large disparity in the male vs female demographics dont seem to engender a greater degree of sexual abuse of females in China so far. How aggressive the greater male population of China impacts its future societal culture and foreign policy (increased militarism) is a big IF.
But we are talking about India and it appears to suffer on a number of fronts. Large parts of the country are agricultural villages and "tribal" in nature. Many of those men have moved to the big cities looking for work and bring those village attitudes with them. They havent assimilated into modern India and the more relaxed cultural standards that exist in the cities. Prostitution is common so acquiring sex isnt difficult.
Further it is very difficult for India to identify itself as a whole nation. By that i mean it has many many different languages and hundreds of dialects. Add to that a wide variety of religious sects and you are not going to get a cultural consensus anytime soon. V.S. Naipul wrote a book a number of years ago called "India a wounded Nation". In which he delved into the impact of Indias rather disjointed history and its present impact.
I can only lament present day Indias attitude towards women and suspect it will take a very long time to correct. In the meantime severe punishment is one of the few resources the people will have to get this despicable crime under control and maintain a semblance of civil order.
Me thinks the OP and others reading this post will have second thoughts on retirement to India (or even visiting). Hopefully that will have an impact on the countries future course regarding their attitude towards their women.