June 16, 2014

Despite tougher laws, India can’t shake rape culture

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Protestors rally outside Sufdarjung Hospital in 2012 while seeking justice for a gang rape victim. Despite recent reform to toughen India's sexual violence laws, India's male-dominated and socially stratified culture isn't helping solve the problem, critics say.

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Protestors rally outside Sufdarjung Hospital in 2012 while seeking justice for a gang rape victim. Despite recent reform to toughen India's sexual violence laws, India's male-dominated and socially stratified culture isn't helping solve the problem, critics say.

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NEW DELHI (RNS) High-profile rapes continue to occur, suggesting men's behavior isn't changing and marring the country's image abroad. Last year, the number of female tourists to India dropped 10 percent, according to industry experts.