Women in western clothes blamed for being raped

Indian students protest in Delhi after the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in 2012. Photo: APIndia promised a lot following the 2012 gang rape of a physiotherapy student so brutal that she died of her injuries.

It would give legal aid to victims, make it easier for rape survivors to register the crime, develop a more sensitive police force and “fast-track courts” to expedite cases, it would add more street lights and CCTV cameras to make women feel safer.

Indians take part in a candlelight vigil for a victim of gang rape in New Delhi, India, January 13, 2013. . Photo: AP

Let’s put all that to one side because hardly any of it has happened.

What about the hope that Indian women would be less at risk of sexual violence and harassment because of the jolt to the national conscience from a case that shook the country to its core?

Let’s park that on one side too, because women are just as vulnerable as before. Their daily lives are still ruled by fear.

And if they are unfortunate enough to be raped, a report last month by Human Rights Watch showed that they will still be subjected to humiliation and doubt and questioned about their promiscuity and moral character by police and health workers.

Let’s ask instead about the fundamental point: has the average Indian man changed at all in his attitude towards women?

Judging by the latest rape statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau on November 30, it appears not. Rape cases rose by 12.4 per cent,honourdishonourbehaviour,lessorganisationsocialisingHair stylistSanklenowmobilisingrealisebehaviourThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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