Hyderabad, Feb 6: Search on youtube and you would find these taped crimes there too. However, initially these two separate videos of men gangraping women became viral on popular messaging service WhatsApp.
To the horror of the viewers, most of these men were found smiling throughout the heinous crime, posing for the camera.
Believed to be six months old, the video was discovered by Sunitha Krishnan, a woman's rights activist who runs an NGO in Hyderabad. As she uploaded images of the incidennt, seeking public help in identifying the criminals. Nevertheless, the footage has been removed by Youtube, stating that it violates the terms of service.
Krishnan said,"Ten seconds into the video, I was overcome. I had to stop as I needed to throw up." She further added that a an acquaintance alerted her to the videos after receiving them on WhatsApp.
Ms Krishnan too was a gangrape victim when she was 15. "People don't come forward when it comes to helping in getting the perpetrators arrested," she said. Determined to try and change that, she asked her husband, a film-maker, to edit the video to protect the rape victim's identity and highlight the faces of the men who assaulted her."
She alleged that immediately after she came to the media with her campaign #ShameTheRapistCampaign, her car was vandalised. However, undeterred, she posted, "If you know of anybody who has received any such videos, inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org," on her Facebook page. "I don't know how many people saw these videos and remained silent. WE WILL NOT," she said on NDTV.
Krishnan pledges to meet Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare, to seek her intervention in locating the rapists.