The Delhi gang rape ignites public anger in an unprecedented manner, but can it force the state to summon the will to crack down on such crimes and counter social attitudes that seek to resist women’s growing presence in the public sphere? If ever there was one incident in recent times that numbed the whole nation, it was the horrific gang rape and violence perpetrated on the 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in Delhi on the night of December 16. The young woman died nearly a fortnight later, after battling for life, first at the Safdarjung Hospital in the capital city and later in a hospital in Singapore where she was airlifted for treatment following severe infection requiring an intestinal transplant. Her death left India shell-shocked. Protests that began after the incident became public knowledge grew in mammoth proportions.omen’s growing presence in the public sphere?