Thursday, January 04, 2007

India Probes Handling of Rape, Killings

ABC International

The Indian government on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into how local authorities responded to the disappearances of 17 women and children from impoverished backgrounds who were found dismembered in an affluent New Delhi suburb last week.

Relatives of the victims, nearly all of whom came from families of poor migrant workers, say police repeatedly brushed off their complaints as people vanished over the past two years from a well-to-do neighborhood in Noida.

[...] There has been widespread outrage in India since police on Friday began recovering human remains from drains abutting a house in Noida. So far, authorities say they've found the remains of at least 17 people, although residents say 38 people have disappeared in the past two years.

The owner of the house, Moninder Singh Pandher, and his domestic servant, Surender Kohli, have been arrested and charged with kidnapping, raping and killing the victims and then dumping their dismembered bodies in the drains.

The outrage is understandable since there is a chance that many of these victims might still be alive if the first disappearances were fully investigated.

An apathetic response by the police toward certain victims may in fact empower serial killers and make them feel that they can commit their crimes with little chance of detection.

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