Sexual Danger and the Indian Transformation

The anti-rape protests that have exploded in several Indian cities are a heartening response to a horrific event. Upon reading an account of the gang-rape and murder of a young physiotherapy student, natural reactions are disgust, contempt for the attackers, and impotent rage. The details of the incident in which she was lured onto a bus and assaulted with such brutality that her organs were destroyed merely add to these emotions. Watching the mobilization, even from half a world away, sustains the hope that the young woman’s death will yield some change that might make such an incident less likely to happen in the future. The question is: what is to be done?


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