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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Rapes in Delhi double since fatal bus attack

London Daily Telegraph

Published 01/11/2013|01:55

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THE number of rape cases in India's capital Delhi has almost doubled since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a local bus last December shocked the world and provoked a national debate on violence against women.

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Four of the six men who beat the girl with iron rods and gang raped her after she and a friend boarded a bus home from a trip to the cinema, were sentenced to death in September.

But the scale of protests following the murder and the deep national soul-searching it caused has not had a deterrent effect, campaigners said.

According to new government figures, there have been 1,330 rapes in Delhi in the 10 months since January, compared with 706 for the whole of 2012. (©Daily Telegraph London)

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