Rape and Reform: India’s Changing Attitudes

Issue & Policy Briefs January 31, 2014, No. 142

It has been just over a year since the Delhi rape case in which a female student was raped and died from her injuries. In its wake, massive protests and a media campaign ensured the perpetrators were sent to trial with amendments also consequently being made to Indian criminal law. However, in spite of welcome reforms and shifting attitudes toward rape, the handling and prosecution of such crimes within the Indian judicial system and police force remains slow and cumbersome.

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