Sexual Violence, Poverty and Politics

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A gang rape on a bus during broad daylight in Delhi shocked the world two years ago, and India passed new laws for protection of women. But last week, teenage girls were hanged in trees after being raped and murdered. Police may have covered it up, and one politician says, "Boys will be boys." India's new Prime Minister has yet to say a word, but such atrocities are hardly unique to that country. A pregnant woman's "honor killing" has riled Pakistan. The US is officially "horrified," and Senators have called prevention of violence against women a "diplomatic priority." UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls it an issue of "security and peace." Can deep-seated traditions be overcome? What about economics? Can global exposure make a difference?




Warren Olney