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Analysis: Young, urban Indians find political voice after student's gang rape

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ADNAN ABIDI

Demonstrators shout slogans as they are surrounded by the police during a protest rally in New Delhi in this December 27, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women....more

Demonstrators shout slogans as they are surrounded by the police during a protest rally in New Delhi in this December 27, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women's rights as an issue. Picture taken December 27, 2012. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File
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Photographer
AMIT DAVE

Schoolgirls pray to pay homage to a rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for...more

Schoolgirls pray to pay homage to a rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, at a school in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women's rights as an issue. Picture taken December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Amit Dave/File
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AHMAD MASOOD

Demonstrators try to pull away a police barricade during a protest in New Delhi in this December 30, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians,...more

Demonstrators try to pull away a police barricade during a protest in New Delhi in this December 30, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women's rights as an issue. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/File
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Photographer
EDGAR SU

Undertaker Roland Tay (L) and his crew carry the coffin of an Indian rape victim into a van as they leave a funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every...more

Undertaker Roland Tay (L) and his crew carry the coffin of an Indian rape victim into a van as they leave a funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women's rights as an issue. Picture taken December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File
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Photographer
VIVEK PRAKASH

A demonstrator shouts at police officers as she takes part in a demonstration to mourn the death of a rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Mumbai in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost...more

A demonstrator shouts at police officers as she takes part in a demonstration to mourn the death of a rape victim who was assaulted in New Delhi, in Mumbai in this December 29, 2012 file photo. Beaten and raped by five men and a teenager on a moving bus in the capital on Dec. 16, a 23-year-old student died from her injuries on Dec. 29 which resulted in thousands of outraged young Indians taking to the streets of New Delhi almost every day protesting for justice and security for women. India's politicians, seen as out of touch with the aspirations of the urban middle class, have been caught off guard by the protests. For the first time, they head into national elections due by May 2014 with women's rights as an issue. Picture taken December 29, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/File
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