Gang rape in India spurs calls to safeguard women

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Responding to complaints that police refuse to file cases of abuse or harassment brought by women, the city force has appointed an officer to meet with women’s groups monthly and crack down on the problem, New Delhi Lt. Gov. Tejendra Khanna said.

“We have mandated that any time any lady visits a police station with a complaint, it has to be recorded on the spot,” he said.

Ms. Kumari said the Delhi police commissioner sent her a message Monday asking her group to restart police sensitivity training that it had suspended due to lack of funds.

There also have been proposals to install a quota to ensure one-third of Delhi’s police are women.

There have been signs of a change in the public debate about crimes against women.

Other rapes suddenly have become front-page news in Indian newspapers, and politicians are being heavily criticized for any remarks considered misogynistic or unsympathetic to women.

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