Indians take to the streets to protest against sexual violence

Indians take to the streets to protest against sexual violence

Indians take to the streets to protest against sexual violence

Updated 20 December 2012, 22:13 AEDT

A disturbing picture of endemic sexual assualt against women is emerging in of India. 

 

And, with around 600 known rapes reported this year, New Delhi is sometimes called the rape capital of India.

The latest incident, the horrific gang-rape and savage beating of a 23 year old student on a city bus, as well as the violent attack on her male friend as he tried to intervene, has sparked an unprecedented public backlash not just against sexual violence, but against the treatment of women in Indian society in general.
 
The case has sparked debate in Parliament, the media, Bollywood stars and on the streets, with activists calling for harsher penalties for rapists and greater respect for women.
 
Presenter: Tracee Hutchison
Speaker: The ABC's South Asia Correspondent Michael Edwards

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