Five men have been formally charged in India with the kidnapping, gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus. India erupted in protest after the violent attack. The case has shone a light on other instances of sexual violence in India, where one woman is raped every 20 minutes. Meanwhile the attitude of Indian authorities towards violence against women is extremely negligent. Conviction rates in rape cases in India have decreased from 46% in 1971 to 26% in 2012.
Democracy Now! interviews Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association and one of the main organizers of protests against sexual violence in India, as well as Elora Chowdhury, associate professor of women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston to find out more about the challenges facing women in India.
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