On 16 December 2012 in Munirka, a neighbourhood in South Delhi India, a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten, and gang-raped in a private bus in which she was travelling with a male friend. There were six others in the bus, including the driver, all of whom raped the woman and beat her friend. The woman died from her injuries thirteen days later while undergoing emergency treatment in Singapore.The incident generated widespread national and international coverage and was widely condemned, both in India and abroad. Subsequently, public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women took place in New Delhi, where thousands of protesters clashed with security forces. Similar protests took place in major cities throughout the country.
While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros offer a searing account of how we got here and what it will take to end the plague. Their book “The Locust Effect” is a gripping journey into the streets and slums where fear is a daily reality for billions of the world’s poorest. The book has vivid, real-life stories and starting new data about safety that is secured only for those with money, and where much of our well-intended aid is lost in the daily chaos of violence.
Worldwide nearly 30 million people are held in slavery.
Mariamma has been working in a brick factory for years in India. She can’t leave the brick factory. She is beaten by a man who owns her. Everything about this is completely illegal, but the man who has enslaved her makes no effort at all to hide what he is doing. Because, far from the headlines, exploiting an impoverished woman like Mariamma is ordinary. Mariamma says:
“We have to take the cruelty because we don’t have money or power. The police will believe our owner and not us because we are slaves.”
1 in 5 women around the world is a victim of rape or attempted rape.
Laura is on her way to the community latrine when she is sexually assaulted by a neighbour. She is on her way to class when she is assaulted again – this time by a different neighbour. Her father trapped her in a nightmare of relentless abuse.
Every year, 5 million people are victimized by forced evictions, and millions more runoff by more powerful neighbours.
Susan is an Ugandan grandmother who was violently thrown out from her home by a man determined to take her small patch of land. When Susan left her home for a night to attend a wedding in another village, her neighbour arrived at her home and teared it down. He took the little patch of land for himself. Thrown from her home, she had no shelter. She had no place to grow food. She had no garden for income. An elderly woman already bearing the heavy burdens of trying to scratch out survival for herself and her grandkids, what can Susan do? 40% of widows in her community have experienced or threatened by wealthy people for property grabbing.