The story has been told too many times–a woman, a girl, gang raped by a group of males. Often beaten as well. Left for dead.
I cannot bring myself to call them men. Anyone who would do this to another human being is a monster, not a man.
Men must have some moral code. To rape teenage girls and then hang them is such an atrocity, such a clear sign of a broken system–a system that has made it clear that in India it is open season on women and children.
As appalling as the crimes themselves?
A police force that turns the other way, tacitly affirming that the victims lack any protection from the law.
We in American may look at these stories and choose to believe that it could only happen there, not here when in fact the torture and murder of African Americans in the South during decades of racial oppression proves differently.
These terrible crimes need only two contributing factors–hate, and a government that refuses the protection of the law to its most defenseless citizens.