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Reactions from political and religious leaders across the spectrum after the Delhi gang-rape and protests, have shifted the focus from rape to the position of women in society. Compiled by Lavanya Prabhakaran




The rapist in the mirror

If we are to combat sexual violence in our cities, it is time to begin discussing the dysfunctions of young urban men » (24)
THE SYSTEM: The citizen is a bacterium, the citizens’ mob is a virus, a protest movement is Japanese encephalitis. Allow the plague to spread and a system of management perfected over long years disintegrates. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

An Arthashastra for our times

The lynchpin of our rule is a dysfunctional criminal justice system. It has taken us years to ensure that wrongdoing is allowed to flourish — and we are now being asked to dismantle this system! » (7)
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The temptation of anarchy

There is a heady feeling in the air that we have a licence to defy and disrupt, and force our rulers to make concessions on our terms » (67)
NO GENERALISATION: Not all victims of rape are working women, nor can it be assumed that all rapists are ‘insecure’ men. Photo: AP DEBATE @ THE HINDU

Policing and legal processes are hardly unimportant in tackling rape

“As women assert their identity and enter his bastions of power, the traditional Indian male is reacting with violence” states Ratna Kapur in “» (9)
DEBATE @ THE HINDU

Ratna Kapur responds

The students are correct in stating that there are many types of rape, mediated by caste, sexual preference, ethnicity, and religion. And there must no doubt be a multi-pronged response to gender... » (2)
SHAKING SOCIETY’S CONSCIENCE: It is important for women to raise their collective voice, but it should be for all women and all victims of the violence embedded in our society. Photo: S. R. Raghunathan

Let’s ask how we contribute to rape

As I write this, there are protests going on all over Delhi, and in other parts of the country, against the gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus a few days ago in the city. People are out th... »   (30)

Time to be ashamed

Perhaps the real tragedy we must contemplate, as we consider the story of the young woman who now lies in a Delhi hospital bed battling for her life after being brutally beaten and gang-raped Sund... » (70)

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