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India: Resisting Rape

Duration:
25 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 05 December 2013

One year on from the horrific attack in Delhi, Joanna Jolly hears from three women who have chosen to report a rape in a country that is at last waking up to the problem. The authorities have introduced tougher laws since the young student was raped on a bus last December but is the experience of women who choose to prosecute their attackers getting any better? Three women talk about their struggle: reporting rape to a not always sympathetic police, being examined in the government's often overcrowded hospitals and finally standing up in court.
Joanna Jolly talks to the senior policewoman running the Delhi's Women and Children's Unit, a leading gynaecologist who has treated rape victims in the city and to those who have worked in the Indian legal system.

Will the public outcry over the attack over a year ago make it easier for women to report rape and will their experience of India's overburdened courts be any better?

(Image of a ‘Stop Rape’ sign on the streets of Delhi, India. BBC Copyright)
Produced by Mark Savage

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