New Delhi: The shameful incident of gang-rape of an American tourist in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro has brought back the bitter memories of December 16 brutal gang-rape of 23-year-old in Delhi.

An American woman was gang-raped and beaten aboard a public transport van in Rio de Janeiro while her French boyfriend was handcuffed, hit with a crowbar and forced to watch the attacks.

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The attack in Brazil drew comparisons to the gang-rape of the medical woman by six men on a bus in Delhi in December.

Victim's ordeal began when she and her male companion boarded a private bus on Sunday December 16, on their way home from a cinema. She was raped and brutally beaten. The assault was so brutal that the victim died after battling for days, triggering a wave of protests across nation demanding stronger protection for women.

The extent of cruelty adopted in both the cases has brought both the BRICS nations in the same frame where the fundamental question of women safety remains unanswered.

Here is a detailed account on how the Rio's assault is horrifyingly similar to Delhi horror:

Alike India, the attack on the woman in Brazil was carried out on a moving bus. In Rio, suspects took turns to rape tourist while driving the van for six hours drawing resemblance to assault in India that lasted more than an hour.

In both the cases, the victims were travelling with their male companion, who were beaten but survived.

As in India, the assault in Brazil was carried out by the bus driver and others. In both the cases the couples had chosen a public transport to travel but that was not the official transportation of the two cities.

In both the cases, the couples were picked up from the areas considered to be safer. In India the victim with her male friend boarded the bus in the night on their way home from a cinema in Saket, South Delhi. In Rio, the couple boarded the bus at midnight n the city’s tourist area.

In both cases, the attackers suppressed the couple by beating them first. In Rio’s case, the woman was also beaten across the face, and the man was handcuffed and beaten, at one point with a metal crowbar. In India, the men initially abused the student for being out and later beat her with an iron rod.

Both the assaults of Brazil and Delhi involved minors who called passengers and collected fares for the vehicle.

As in India where the attackers took all the belongings of the couple including their credit cards, mobile phones, wallets and watches, the suspect in Brazil’s assault went on a spending spree with women’s credit cards.

In Rio, the attackers dumped the couple by the side of a highway near the city. As in India, the victims were thrown on a flyover after both fell unconscious.

In both cases, the suspects had allegedly attacked people previously, but hadn’t been arrested. After Saturday’s Rio attack was reported by media, a Brazilian woman came forward to report being raped by the same men a week earlier after she also boarded their van in the Copacabana area. In India, a man was allegedly robbed and thrown out of the bus hours before the December 16.

In both cases, authorities made speedy arrests with the help of camera footage and because the victims’ mobile phones were found with the suspects.

Both the countries have left no stone unturned in fighting crime against women and hitherto, taken significant steps in this regard. Brazil changed its rape laws in 2009 to include more types of attacks to be considered as rape. However, the country witnessed a rise in cases of sexual assaults since then. After the nation-wide outrage over the brutal gang-rape case in India, rape laws became more stringent with the inclusion of new categories of sexual crimes and increased sentences and punishments for rape. But the incidences of sexual crimes continued unabatedly.

In the United Nations’ 2012 Gender Inequality Index, India ranks 132 while Brazil comes in at 85 out of 187 countries but safety and treatment of fair sex in both the countries remains a major concern.

Sonakshi Kishore/JPN

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