ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Reporting Sexual Violence in India

What Has Changed since the Delhi Gang Rape?

The Delhi gang rape of 2012 is a milestone in the way in which Indian media covers the crime of rape. This paper examines how the mainstream Hindi and English print and broadcast media has handled such coverage since then. It looks at how the media deals with rapes committed by family members and sexual violence during communal riots and in insurgency-affected areas. It finds that economics plays an important role in what the media reports and the prominence it gives to reports of rape.

This is an edited version of a research paper written during the Knight Wallace Fellowship 2014–15 at the University of Michigan. A full version of this paper is forthcoming in one of the volumes being published by Zubaan as part of its “Sexual Violence and Impunity in South Asia” project.

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