via @BBC #DelhGangRape Victim’s identity Indian rape debate!

Posted on January 3, 2013


#dehlgangrape  India

#dehlgangrape India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM  India  The father of a student in south India has complained to police after Internet users circulated a photo of his daughter on social media claiming it was the Delhi gang-rape victim according to a few posts reported by  officers last Friday.

A picture tribute to the  same gangrape dead Delhi woman, who was  repeatedly raped by several men on a moving bus on December 16 and thrown out of the vehicle in a crime that appalled the whole nation, and this picture has gone viral on Facebook.

Her name and identity have been withheld by police and the media in line with a law that entitles victims of sex crime and their families to anonymity to protect them from social stigma.

Vinayakumar, an assistant commissioner in the cyber crime unit of Kerala police in south India, said that the photo used in the Facebook tribute was a  fake’ photo of Delhi rape victim that went viral and had caused distress to the family.

“We have received a complaint from the father stating that the photograph uploaded on Facebook as the Delhi rape victim picture was fake,” the officer, who goes by one name,  AFP.

“The picture used was his daughter’s photograph uploaded with her Facebook profile.  We have directed Facebook officials to delete the photograph and help us to track the culprits,”.

The brutal gang-rape of the 23-year-old medical student in New Delhi on December 16 has led to a bout of national soul-searching over the treatment of women in Indian society and provoked daily protests  Delh Gang Rape  – PM Manmohan addresses Nation

washingtonpost: India’s rape problem is already taking an economic toll 

After the death of the Delhi rape victim, the fight for women’s rights must go on and  the collective outrage galvanised by the Delhi rape can help make visible a wider spectrum of sexual violence in India in Bangalore writes:   “while citizens of diverse affiliations have coalesced around the issue of women’s safety, significant fissures have also emerged. One comes out of the demand, made even before the case turned into one of murder, that the rapists be given the death penalty, which is reserved in India for the rarest of rare cases. Progressive voices have been quick to distance themselves from a lynch mob mentality. But the division itself speaks to the appeal, for much of the Indian middle class, of strong leadership and, more selectively, for speedy justice that could involve riding roughshod over legal safeguards. In this light, the recent electoral triumph in Gujarat of the iconic strongman with prime ministerial aspirations, Narendra Modi, who stands accused of presiding over murderous religious violence that involved the mass rape of Muslim women, is sobering. So is the revelation that several wealthy elected politicians in Gujarat face criminal charges that include rape more on this @

In the case of Chad Evans “Obviously, it’s deplorable and disgusting that people were tweeting the name of the rape victim, but that doesn’t mean people should be going to jail for, what, …  in this case the advocacy groups need to looking at the rights of victims and in a case of “RAPE” victim it is not about freedom of expression or free speech folks when it comes to the Internet or democracy — we are talking about victim’s user rights, their Internet rights for their information privacy rights…. especially when it comes on posting their information over the Internet none of us as users truly have much say about our identity user rights and our identity can be compromised, in case of the sexual abuse or criminal groups violating our rights as women.and the rights of our children…….As we know, there is  dark side of the Internet – and these same criminals are using the same social sites and internet  … ultimately we as users don’t have that much control on our information on many of the social sites & Internet mainly from an end point either, although social media is valuable in many ways & great, unfortunately when people abuse it they playing with fire & eventually they do get caught. In the case of  Ched Evans rape victim ‘named and abused on Twitter’   in England   12 arrested for tweeting rape victim’s name and this becomes an  issue  for victim’s identity. does this give them  the right to post footage or images over the Internet ?

In Britain, rape and sexual assault victims “are legally entitled to anonymity for life,” notes British newspaper The Guardian, and identifying such a victim “in a publication or program” is considered a criminal offense punishable by a fine of around $8,000.

In the United States, news organizations voluntarily do not use the names of victims of sexual assault, but there is no law prohibiting it.

The tweeting arrests are distressing, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties organization.

“Obviously, it’s deplorable and digusting that people were tweeting the name of the rape victim, but that doesn’t mean people should be going to jail for, what, at least in the U.S. would be considered free speech,” said Trevor Timm of the EFF, in an interview with

“One of the problems with arresting people for saying things like this is it can end up backfiring,” he said.”Now this is an international story. Instead of ignoring the people who were mentioning the victim’s name, now other news organizations are broadcasting where people can go and find this information, and it ends up turning into a situation where more people are going to know her name than if it was just ignored.”

From an end point of view !!!!! I am  concerned  with one key issue that has been a  critical point  issue for me  since I began the vision for digital divide in the educational and new media sector,  how do we as Civil Society Organizations  &  United Nations Global Compact  Internet users, ethical  leaders protect and keep not just ourselves safe and also innocent children, teenagers and women safe and those of us who work directly with  innocent children & women globally keep members on our social sites safe.  In addition I keep questioning myself ….do victims of rape globally  have any privacy rights and I mean globally!  do they have any use privacy rights to protect their identity when it comes to RAPE or sexual abuse or who have been violated by human trafficking groups?  be it innocent victims of rape, cyber bulling, hate speech or  victims of sexual abuse in their own countries, who protects them when it comes also cyber dangers &  cyber intrusions?  do they have any rights to protect their identity in a case of a Rape as a victim? cyber intrusion is not an issue in the corporate or government sectors -what about  social sites where images or videos get posted or at least when it comes to the Internet globally?? What internet laws do governments in their countries adopt to keep many innocent children and women safe over the Internet ? or how do they  protect the victim’s identity  of “sexual crime “… just wondering how does the individual from an end point as a user have any rights….to protect themselves — cyber – bully is a huge issue globally, what has concerned me  is how  some of these NGOS and International Development Organizations  ignore the dark side of the Internet and put their members in harm and danger when it comes to the Internet — the same criminals run human trafficking business & the same pedophiles use the same unprotected Internet, we all use the same utilities … is there a solution? for many of us ?

In the case of #IndiaGangRape on BBC facebook page they post:
Mummy, I am sorry, I am sorry” – among the last words of the woman the world has come to know as “the Delhi gang-rape victim”.She wanted to become a doctor and to her family she was a role-model hear her father’s tribute to his daughter:

Delhi rape victim’s family: She was brave, full of life  Delhi gang-rape suspects charged and Five men are charged in India with the murder of a 23-year-old student, whose gang-rape on a Delhi bus sparked nationwide outrage and the rape witness recounts slack police response according to @france24
 Cyber criminals are using the Internet running their own criminal activities and posting information about many  innocent children, women and in the recent case posting information about the “Rape victim or victims,  so how do we as end users protect our information or do we have any rights ? I have wondered for a long time, how do all these Global  International Organizations and global NGOs  or non-profits when they get members to join their social sites  innocently also tend to post content about many  innocent children and women from developing countries  – do these innocent children and  women in the developing countries have any rights? can they protect their own  identities over the Internet? let us not kid ourselves — social media can be a curse or a blessing ….and unless we figure out a way to protect these privacy rights we will start seeing another huge mess in the information digital age –some countries have privacy rights and some may not have these privacy rights when it comes to the Internet and social sites.
According to the Time Magazine Should the Indian GangRape Victim Remain Anonymous?”  some are questioning why. This week, Minister of Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor wondered aloud on his popular Twitter feed what, exactly, the purpose was of keeping the victim’s name shrouded in secrecy. “Why not name & honour her as a real person w/own identity?” he wrote on Jan. 1. “Unless her parents object, she should be honoured & the revised anti-rape law named after her. She was a human being w/a name, not just a symbol.”


Case in USA #Rapecase divides Steubenville, Ohio

The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men.

Other boys, laughingly saying the girl had to be dead because she didn’t flinch as her body was violated.

An alleged rape, made into a joke.

The images and social media messages are at the heart of criminal charges against two high school football players accused of sexually assaulting an underage teenage girl during a series of end-of-summer parties in August.

Both boys are charged with rape. One also is accused of “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.” Read more…

Mainstream media view points  on the Culture of Rape –

  1. Defense battles social media blizzard in Ohio rape Social media posts that appear to show a girl’s sex abuse in Steubenville, Ohio, have been taken out of context, a defense attorney says.

  2. Social media casts spotlight on Ohio rape case The videos, pictures and tweets are chilling. A picture of a girl dangling limply from the arms of two young men.

    CNN is not identifying the girl, who is a juvenile, in accordance with its policy not to release the names of alleged rape victims.

    The alleged attackers also are juveniles, but they have been identified by a judge in court, by defense attorneys and in newspapers and other media reports as Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, both 16.

    The case has attracted the attention of bloggers and even Anonymous, a loosely organized cooperative of activist hackers.

    Social media videos led to rape charges

    Murphy: Rape is grossly under prosecuted

    Social media spotlights Ohio rape case

    Rape case shocks Ohio town

    Anonymous has released information about the town and the football team and is threatening to release more unless everyone comes clean about what happened that August night.

    “The town of Steubenville has been good at keeping this quiet and their star football team protected,” an Anonymous member wearing the group’s trademark Guy Fawkes mask says in a video posted to the group’s LocalLeaks website (Link via CNN )

  3. ‘She could have been me’: Action urged after Delhi gang rape case  The fatal gang rape of a young woman in the Indian capital of New Delhi has prompted debate about sexual violence in Indian society.

    India Gang Rape – Petition & Facts of  Violence in the case of Women and Children  @  Mymulticast from Avaaz Community petition to members #Indiagangrape