Delhi stabbing: Murder of woman in broad daylight is 'nothing unusual' in India, says Julie Bindel

Delhi stabbing: 'Nothing unusual about this' in India, claims journalist

Renowned journalist and political activist Julie Bindel condemned the murder of a woman in broad daylight in Delhi

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Renowned activist Julie Bindel has condemned the attack and murder of a young woman in broad daylight in India. 

A 21-year-old schoolteacher in the Burari district of Delhi named Karuna was dragged to the ground and stabbed 22 times by a man believed to be a jilted lover, while onlookers simply walked by. She later died in hospital. 

Bindel, a freelance journalist and the co-founder of Justice for Women, explained that while the scenario is extreme, domestic violence and the perception of it being just a 'domestic' is also present in the UK. 

"It is totally horrific, but remember that in England and Wales, there are two women killed every week by their partners and former partners," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"We have a pandemic of violence against women around the world. But in India, women definitely have fewer legal, social, and political rights and equality.

"Those bystanders...some of them will be scared, others would have seen it as a domestic. I know that sounds incredible, for a murder where a woman was stabbed 22 times in broad daylight, but frankly, there's nothing unusual about this.

"It's day-to-day reality in the country. It isn't yet obsolete."