1. Disturbing

    Violence Plagues Indian Women

    An Indian woman looks out through the window as she travels in the ladies compartment of a train early morning in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Police badly beat the five suspects arrested in the brutal gang rape and killing of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, the lawyer for one of the men said Thursday, accusing authorities of tampering with evidence in the case that has transfixed India. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Rafiq Maqbool

    The violent gang rape in New Delhi has drawn attention to a pattern of violence and discrimination against women in India that leads to the deaths of nearly 2 million women every year. Between 25,000 and 100,000 women are killed each year in dowry disputes. Each year 100,000 women are burned to death, and another 125,000 die from violent injuries that are rarely reported as killings. One expert said, “Women are breaking through and advancing toward greater attainment—but in a society that continues to be patriarchal, that is increasing tensions. And one of the manifestations of that tension is increased violence against women.”

    Read it at The New York Times