Men and women have been filling India's streets for weeks, demanding that government officials and police take rape more seriously. Last month, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang raped on a private bus. The unnamed woman later died of injuries sustained during the attack. As Reuters reported:
"I'm going to stand here until the government actually decides to give women some safety," one young woman told journalists. Other protesters brandished placards that read "First of January is a black day."
The attack revealed deep fissures in Indian society, where staunchly chauvinist views clash with a fast-modernizing urban culture in which women play a growing role in public life.
The case also cast a spotlight on an epidemic of violence against women in India, where a rape is reported on average every 20 minutes. Media coverage of such crimes has intensified in the wake of the outcry over the Delhi attack.