Tuesday 27 June 2017

Rapes in Delhi double since fatal bus attack

London Daily Telegraph

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.

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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