The book discusses the situation of millions of India’s women who are subjected to abuse and catastrophes where there hopes are brutally demolished. It is a serious and timely exploration of the daily lot of Indian women.
As 2012 came to a close, news of the gang rape of a young woman in India’s capital generated headlines around the world. Her assault on a moving bus with a metal rod, and her death two weeks later from her injuries, focused attention on the dark side of the world’s largest democracy: the struggle that faces many Indian women in a country where chauvinistic and misogynistic attitudes prevail. The Wall Street Journal’s India bureau explored this horrendous crime and others that have shaken the conscience of civil society. The reporting in all the stories stands out for its gripping detail and its emotional pull.
In many cases, central figures involved in these everyday dramas were speaking out for the first time. The book begins with the story of a Catholic nun murdered in rural India as she tried to preserve ancient tribal ways in the face of mining expansion, while also coming to the aid of a woman who had allegedly been raped.
Next is an account of a young woman from rural Bihar who was duped into moving to Delhi, where she was forced to marry or go into prostitution – and the disaster for her and her family that ensued. The woman broke her long-held silence to speak to the WSJ about what happened. The book ends with the WSJ’s coverage of the New Delhi rape case, including portraits of the victim and her friend who tried to save her but couldn’t. He granted the WSJ intimate and exclusive access to tell his side of the story.
The Wall Street Journal has a proven track record of providing probing insights while remaining neutral. The Delhi rape case caused a stir around the world, not only for the brutality of the crime but also the passionate response it generated from Indians all over the country with continued demonstrations which were instrumental in forcing the government to call for stricter reforms.With the Delhi rape case still in
With the Delhi rape case still in court and numerous rapes being reported every day; crimes against women continue to haunt India.