One out of 635. That is how many reported rape cases in New Delhi, during the first 11 months of 2012, resulted in a conviction.
Nicholas Kristof reports that when he visited the Indian-Nepalese border, there was an Indian police officer. The officer looked a bit forsaken as his job was to look for pirated videos and terrorists and there was not a lot to do. His job was more of a figure head position- The Indian government wanted to prove to the United States that they were tough on video piracy and terrorism, even in this area where prevalence is incredible low.
What is not low in India is gender based violence, rape and human trafficking. Nicholas Kristoff reports that by his estimates, based on data and experience, India has more human trafficking than any other place in the world. Now, what if they felt the same pressure from the United States to curb human trafficking as they did to stop pirated videos?
It is not a wonder that they don’t. The United States Congress has failed to pass or renew legislation that would put pressure on countries to take a stronger stance against modern day slavery and gender inequity.
Congress even failed to renew the landmark legislation against human trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The obstacles were different in each case, but involved political polarization and paralysis. Can members of Congress not muster a stand on modern slavery?