The first post on this thread did have an explanatory comment, Still thinking.
I'll re-post it.
I'm posting this story, not to defend an indefensible act, but to try to provide some balance. The fact is that so many Indians exist in a poverty so deep that it's difficult for westerners to even understand. The youngest of the rapists in the now world known rape story, according to this UK, Independent newspaper story, grew up in that world that seems hopeless. Also, for males who exist in that world, satisfaction of their personal sexual needs is as far off as their next meal. I think we should also appreciate that there is little in their future that may give hope of change.
The Independent tells the story better than I can, so here it is: (endquote)
I do not resile from posting, except it may have been better to use the word "insight" rather than balance. Apparently some feel 'balance' is an undesirable quality.
I'll ask another question now. Was the Independent newspaper wrong to send a journalist to interview the boy's family? For those who answer yes! to the question, may I ask why? Surely it only added to our understanding (insight) of the entire problem.
Some posters seemed to think that the 'other side' of the story did not matter. My response would be that in courts of law (in Australia anyway) the defense has a right to submit for consideration, "mitigating circumstances" which may or may not be taken into consideration. Surely the background of this young man should be considered.
It is not wrong to want to understand as much as possible about situations. I spent a semester studying India, and had a specific assignment on women. Our lecturer was Indian, a thoughtful and considerate man. Preparing for that assignment I came across the problem of 'dowry related crimes,' in which whole families gang up on the new wife of a man to either get full control of the dowry or to get more money off the wife's family. Often torture and murder is part of the scenario. I asked my lecturer about it. He became visibly upset and could barely discuss it, suggesting that it was a huge problem without a solution in sight. While the bad 'mother-in-law" is a stock figure in western literature, nothing quite prepares you for the treatment of women in India.