How Men See Rape in India

    An Indian family lights candles in memory of a gang-rape victim in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Passers-by refused to stop to help a naked, bleeding gang-rape victim after she was dumped from a bus onto a New Delhi street, and police delayed taking her to a hospital for 30 minutes, the woman's male companion said in an interview. It was his first public account of the gruesome attack that killed the 23-year-old student and prompted demands for reform of a law enforcement culture seen as lax in crimes against women. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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    In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a student on a bus in India, some appear to be blaming women for the sexual violence in the country. Influential men have called for coeducational institutes to be shut down, premarital sex to be outlawed, and girls to dress in more modest clothes as a way of preventing rape. Managing editor of Tehelka Shoma Chaudhury calls the anger against the state that has risen up in the wake of the rapes “hugely legitimate,” but writes that it is masking “the giant shadow” in Indian society. “How endemic is the prejudice that stalks our society? What creates the idea of women as ‘fair game’ for sexual violence? What, in effect, do Indian men think about women?” she asks.

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