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Rape, impunity and state of denial

The horrific violence, gang rape and murder of the young woman veterinarian on a national highway close to Hyderabad has led to national outrage and protests in several States. Around the same time in Tonk, Rajasthan, a six-year-old child, returning home after having attended a school sports competition, went missing. Later, her bloodied body was found, sexually brutalised. In Coimbatore, a student of Class XI, returning from celebrating her birthday, was abducted and gang raped. In Ranchi, an Adivasi law student was abducted and gang raped by a group of armed men.

The week of dreadful sexual crimes brings home ...

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