This has nothing to do with democracy, I believe it is a pure case of rising economic inequality and decreasing sex ratio in India.
The protests that we are seeing in the country are just a sign of how frustrated are people with the current political environment in the country. Rather than focusing on development in the country and taking care of law and order, our current politicians are way busy arguing over trivial things.
Its even sadder that this case represents the current mentality of an Indian male. And I am not sure how to change that. I am sure new and tougher laws will be made, but how do you teach respect and compassion that our country seems to be missing so badly now.
It seems we as a nation are making progress but sadly at the cost of our values.
> According to United States Department of Justice document Criminal Victimization in the United States, ... 1 of 6 U.S. women and 1 of 33 U.S. men have experienced an attempted or completed rape.
For a starker contrast compare say Romania with Sweden. Which one might one theoretically feel safer in, in which one might one feel psychologically safer, in which one would one be physically safer?
In 2010, police reported a rate of 27.3 per 100,000 people in USA. According to that document, in India it is 1.8 for 100,000 people. However, very few people report rape in India. It could be 5% or even less than that. Taking this into account the true numbers in India could be higher than in the US. While higher, it may not be order of magnitude worse or systemic than other countries.
The much bigger problem is the slow justice system and very low conviction rates.
Maybe when people submit articles to HN they should be asked to select a category (Tech, News, Science etc). The app could restrict the number of non-hacker news.
I think this sentence about sums up most of the reasons I can't take mainstream American media seriously.
I have lived 23 years in India (26 now) and I know for a fact that people are really scared of the police and some crazy people who can shoot you for no reason and are out of the hands of law.
It shouldn't surprise us when shitty things happen in democratic countries. Merely being democratic implies next to nothing about a country.
Politicians know that they can win elections on allegiance to parties, platitudes and sound bites.
This creates a detachment where the political system is no longer based on data and real results of improvement of the citizens life or the countries well being - and turns into a game of marketing and party cheerleading.
Then there's the matter of the compromised voting machines ...
Guarantee there will be no more false promises. Period.