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Entrenched Problems in Sexual Violence

The gruesome gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi on 16 December 2012 has provoked a public firestorm in India and has raised urgent questions about how to improve women’s security in the country. As the editorial “Understanding the Incomprehensible” (EPW, 29 December 2012) pointed out, the Indian government should avoid a knee-jerk response and develop policy that will help tackle gender inequality in urban and rural India.

The details of the tragic event are now well known. The young woman died from her injuries on 30 December 2012.

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