Mumbai Rapists Did Not Fear Law

    An Indian policeman watches a woman walking on a street in New Delhi on March 20, 2013. Campaigners welcomed a toughening of laws in India for sex crimes but said they were not enough to tackle a crisis underpinned by cultural attitudes, including from "sexist" lawmakers. The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, was passed the same day that a British tourist jumped off her hotel balcony in the Taj Mahal city of Agra in a bid to escape an alleged sex attack. That incident came just days after a Swiss cyclist was gang-raped in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in a brutal assault observers said underscored risks women face in the country of 1.2 billion people. AFP PHOTO/ Andrew Caballero-Reynolds        (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The five men who allegedly raped a photojournalist in Mumbai earlier this year did not fear the law when they singled her out (as a "beautiful deer") and took her to a ruined building—after all, none of their previous victims had ever gone to the police. The New York Times on Sunday takes a look into India’s rape culture nearly a year after the Delhi rape that caused riots, and concludes that a key problem still remains: predators view rape as mischief, not a violent crime. There's also a culture of entitlement for men, take for example, the mother of one of accused who told the Times "obviously the fault is the girl's" for even going "into that jungle" and "she was wearing skimpy clothes."

    Read it at The New York Times