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Case brings shame for India on international stage

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, December 31, 2012
First Published: 00:56 IST(31/12/2012) | Last Updated: 02:31 IST(31/12/2012)

Even as India is vying to occupy a seat on the global high table the Delhi gangrape has brought disrepute to the country in the international forum.

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An editorial in New York Times (NYT) described India as a country "which basks in its success as a growing business and technological mecca but tolerates shocking abuse of women."

"Many victims, shamed into silence and callously disregarded by a male-dominated power structure, never go to the authorities to seek justice. Women are routinely blamed for inciting violence against them," the paper commented.

"Sexual violence has become a national scandal in India… But women also spoke of a more pervasive form of harassment: of being groped in public; of fearing to ride buses or subways alone, of victims, not attackers, being shamed and blamed," wrote Jim Yardly in an article published under the category 'Analysis' in NYT.

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Olga Khazan and Rama Laxmi, in an article titled '10 reasons why India has a sexual violence problem', in Washington Post on Saturday pointed out acceptance of domestic violence, stigmatising the victim with a lack of policemen and public safety, sluggish legal system and few convictions.

"The incident exposed a violent and chauvinistic side of a nation that is often portrayed worldwide as a rapidly growing democracy that respects personal freedom," Paul Becket, The Wall Street Journal's New Delhi bureau chief, wrote in his article.

BBC's Souptik Biswas wrote: "Analysts say deep-rooted changes in social attitudes are needed to make India's women more accepted and secure."

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