While doing research for this article, I was horrified to see that there was no dearth of rape cases in India in the first half of this year alone. The fact that I could find one news related to rape cases every day is enough to make us ponder where we, as a country, are heading.
Here's a list of some of the most horrific rape cases that have already been recorded in the first half of 2019.
1. A 16-year-old girl was gang-raped for 5 days in Andhra Pradesh.
2. A 19-year-old girl from Bihar was allegedly gang-raped by 6 men in front of her father.
3. A 12-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and then beheaded by her 3 brothers and uncle in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar district.
4. A 4-year-old girl was raped in Aligarh after the accused lured her with ₹10 note and took her to a secluded spot.
5. A 11-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Unnao and her body was found lying in an orchard.
6. A 3-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 11-year-old neighbour in Dehradun when the girl's parents were not at home.
7. A 13-year-old girl was raped by 2 men at her home in Shahjahanpur when her parents had gone out to purchase medicines.
8. 3 sex workers were allegedly raped by 9 men at a farm house in Noida.
9. A 9-month-old girl was raped in Telangana after the man took her to a secluded place in the wee hours.
10. A minor girl was raped inside her residence in Kolkata when her parents were not at home.
11. A 43-year-old mentally challenged woman was raped by a social worker in Mumbai.
12. A 4-year-old girl was raped in a private school in Punjab.
13. A 17-year-old deaf and dumb girl was allegedly raped by 3 men in Rampur who also filmed the act.
14. A 15-year-old girl was raped by her father in Jajpur district of Odisha.
15. An air hostess was allegedly raped by her colleague after she passed out while having drinks with him.
16. A 3-year-old girl was raped in Bandipora, J&K during the holy month of Ramzan after the accused lured her with a candy.
17. A woman in UP was repeatedly raped for days after she was sold off by her father.
18. A 16-year-old girl was kidnapped, confined and raped by 3 men in Noida for 51 days.
19. A woman was raped, beaten, videotaped and blackmailed in Alwar when she went out with her husband for shopping.
20. A 9-year-old girl was raped and killed in Vile Parle, Mumbai.
21. A married woman was gang-raped by 3 men in Bikaner when she went to collect firewood.
22. A 6-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a drunk teenager in a Hyderabad village after she went missing while playing Holi.
23. A 16-year-old girl was raped at gunpoint In UP's Shamli district when she went out to relieve herself.
24. A 7-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Kannauj after being abducted from a temple near her house.
25. A 13-year-old girl was raped by her father in Gurugram after he had a fight with his wife.
26. A woman was repeatedly gang-raped at a farm house in Ludhiana after she and her husband were abducted, looted and beaten up.
27. A 5-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Mumbai after being abducted while sleeping with her family in a pavement shack.
28. An engineering student was allegedly raped and murdered in Raichur.
29. A 4-year-old girl was raped and murdered after being kidnapped from a slum in Indore.
30. A 5-year-old girl was raped & murdered by her neighbour after he took the girl with him for a puja.
And mind you, this isn't an exhaustive list of the gruesome crime that is committed almost every day in our country. There are hundred others which go unreported and unregistered.