16 Jan 2014

Rape culture

8:56 am on 16 January 2014

Police in the Indian capital New Delhi were questioning a group of men on Wednesday after a Danish woman said she was gang-raped in the heart of the city’s tourist district.

They said the 51-year-old tourist told them the rape occurred in Paharganj, a popular tourist area packed with backpacker hotels and restaurants near New Delhi railway station. She said she was walking through the area of narrow lanes and dark streets on Tuesday night when she asked two men for directions to her hotel. Five or six more men then appeared and she was raped and robbed. 

The murder in December 2012 of woman who was raped and tortured on a moving bus in New Delhi, forced the country to confront sexual violence and leading to a tightening of rape laws. Four men were sentenced to death for the murder and another was found hanged in his prison cell. The Indian woman became a symbol of dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes and incidents of molestation are common.

In September, a group of comedians released a satirical video about the culture in the country: Rape? It's your fault women.