India, Women & Violence

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Delhi’s hard-working and massive suburb of Gurgaon is a dangerous place to be a woman, and judging from a number of recent and highly-reported rapes and gang rapes, it’s only getting worse.  Sexual violence- and the ham-fisted legislation proposed by regional governors to address it – has sparked soul searching debate online and in the press over rape law and the prevalence of sexual assault in supposedly swiftly-modernizing India.

Gurgaon officials and local police could have responded to these rapes with increased surveillance and tougher laws – but they didn’t. They chose the easy way out, advising women to avoid working after 8:00 PM for their own protection. Read more from Faine Greenwood in UN Dispatch.


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