India's Shame

A brutal rape spotlights a culture of hostility toward women

Violence against women is endemic in India. But the details and aftermath of one assault have shocked the country into a public and agonizing round of soul-searching. On Dec. 16, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi was raped inside a private bus by the driver and five other assailants as she and her fiancé were returning home from a movie. After being raped and beaten with an iron rod for over an hour, she was thrown out of the vehicle and left for dead along with her fiancé, who was also attacked. As she struggled on life support, the streets...

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