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Monday, January 07, 2013

INDIA: New Delhi women aren't waiting for the politicians: They're grabbing their guns to protect against rape

Law enforcement to slow to respond they say

From IBT, "Delhi Gang-Rape: Indian Women Stocking Up On Guns For Protection": Delhi Gang-Rape: Indian Women Stocking Up On Guns For Protection
In response to the highly publicized gang-rape (and subsequent death) of a young Indian woman on a private bus, hundreds of women in Delhi have applied for gun permits for self-defense and protection from predatory men.

Even before this particularly tragic incident, guns – both legal and illegal – proliferated across the width and breadth of India, particularly in dangerous cities like Delhi, where rising violent crime and declining confidence in the police and courts have increased the demand for private gun ownership.
But the brutal attack on the 23-year-old medical student has unleashed not only massive public demonstrations of outrage against India’s patriarchal attitudes towards women, but also sparked calls for tougher punishment against sex criminals and a greater guarantees of personal security.

Declarations by politicians that they will speed the litigation process against violent criminals and beef up police patrols have failed to assuage many women who now seek to take matters into their own hands.


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