Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Authorities brace for new rape protests
Police up security after death of medical student who was gang-rapedA police morgue vehicle in Singapore awaits the body of an Indian rape victim (AFP photo/Roslan Rahman
- Ritu Sharma, New Delhi
- December 29, 2012
Authorities have stepped up security in the capital over fears that the death today of a gang rape victim in a Singapore hospital where she was receiving treatment could spark a fresh round of violent protests.
The victim, a 23-year-old medical student, was attacked along with a male companion by six men while riding in a minibus in New Delhi on Decemeber 16. She was gang-raped and beaten with a metal rod before being dumped onto the road from the moving bus.
Indian authorities sent her to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital on December 27 after her condition began to deteriorate. She had suffered a heart attack and lung and abdominal infections. She died today from cerebral edema, or swelling of the brain.
Anticipating new protests, which have already seen thousands pour into the streets of the captial, authorities have closed the India gate where a police officer was killed last week during clashes with protesters.
Ten metro train stations have also been closed in an effort to limit the movement of large numbers of people to downtown areas.
Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has urged that residents of the capital remain calm and maintain order.
In the days following the rape, thousands of demonstraters gathered in the capital to demand the death penalty for the victim’s attackers and greater effort by the government to curb violence against women.
Police responded with tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds.
President Pranab Mukherjee today called the victim brave and courageous in a message of condolence.
“We will do everything possible to ensure that such an incident never happens again,” the president said.
Six suspects have been arrested and charged with the rape.
Among other measures offered by the government in recent days is a public database in which convicted rapists would be “named and shamed”.
Minister of state for home affairs Ratanjit Pratap Narain Singh would start in New Delhi and then extend to other parts of the country, according to a report in the Washington Post.
According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau, two women are raped every hour in India, where rapes have increased by 20 percent between 2007 and 2011.