Rape culture

15-year-old Indian girl raped, beaten, and set on fire by stalker

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An Indian teenager who was raped, beaten, and then set on fire by an attacker on Monday is struggling to survive in a Delhi hospital. According to police, the 15-year-old girl said a 20-year-old old man who had been stalking her for months was responsible for the attack. He has been arrested and charged with rape, attempted murder, assault of a minor, and causing grievous injury. The girl’s parents heard her screams from the terrace of their home and found the girl in the early morning, police said.

Violent rapes have been a topic of national discussion in India in recent years following the high-profile gang rape, beating, and death of a girl on a public bus in Delhi in 2012. India strengthened its laws around rape, tracking, and voyeurism in response to the incident, but many in the country have said the culture must changes its attitudes towards women as well.

“The Indian government still needs to do much more to ensure better protections as well as stronger enforcement,” Meenakshi Ganguly, south Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told The Guardian.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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