Fury Over Rape In India

All of India up in arms over a brutal gang rape and killing. We’ll look at the treatment of women and the uproar in India.

Indian women carry placards as they march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP)

Indian women carry placards as they march to mourn the death of a gang rape victim in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP)

The agony of India over the brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on the streets of New Delhi has been something to behold. Hundreds of thousands of Indians, men and women, in the streets. Decrying the attack and a government and police blind eye to sexual harassment and violence that may have promoted it.

Sexual violence happens everywhere in the world. But the furious response in India to the Delhi attack suggests a special problem here.

This hour, On Point: India, up in arms over a murderous rape. The treatment of women and the uproar in India.

-Tom Ashbrook


Anand Giridharadas, writes the “Currents” column for the New York Times. Author of “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking.”

Sonia Faleiro, Indian author, her op-ed “The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India” was published in the New York Times last Wednesday. Author of “Beautiful Things: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars.”

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Nilanjana Roy “That girl, the one without the name. The one just like us. The one whose battered body stood for all the anonymous women in this country whose rapes and deaths are a footnote in the left-hand column of the newspaper.”

The New York Times “I lived for 24 years in New Delhi, a city where sexual harassment is as regular as mealtime. Every day, somewhere in the city, it crosses the line into rape.”

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