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No Shortcuts on Rape

Make the Legal System Work

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The vigorous public discourse following the recent brutal gang rape and mutilation of the 23-year-old in Delhi is a positive sign but hopefully the demand for quick solutions will not ignore the complexities involved in dealing with all forms of violence against women. There are also other connected issues that require urgent attention including the description of a rape as a "state worse than death", making out certain acts of violence to be rare aberrations when they are depressingly routine, ignoring the sexual violence within families and the need to make the legal system accountable to the female citizenry.

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