Friday 15 December 2017

Nita Bhalla: Worried women take more precautions in wake of India’s rape scandals

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest outside a court in New Delhi
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest outside a court in New Delhi

WOMEN in India's capital are taking self-defence classes, snapping up pepper sprays, booking cabs with female drivers or leaving work early, all signs of growing insecurity following the brutal gang rape and murder of a student last month.

The assault on the 23-year-old - who was raped by six people and tortured with an iron bar on a bus, then left bleeding on a highway - stunned the nation and generated an unprecedented wave of protests calling for better security for women.



In response to the public outrage, authorities have initiated several measures to instill confidence, but many women say they cannot rely on India's often gender-insensitive and under-resourced police force to ensure their security.

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