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Prayers mark one year after a brutal gang rape that shook India

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:40

Dec. 16 - A candlelight vigil marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old Delhi woman -- police say they've increased outreach, but some still skeptical. Gavino Garay reports.

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Prayers as India marks the one-year anniversary of a brutal gang rape that killed a 23-year-old Delhi woman. It sparked a national outcry. Some at this year's candlelight vigil are just as infuriated now as they were one year ago: (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) A PARTICIPANT IN THE FIRE RITUAL, KAMLA DEVI, SAYING: "We think that the law should be changed and the culprits should be hanged. After the Delhi gang rape incident, we feel unsafe and we feel that such incidents are increasing day by day." But police say they've stepped up outreach services for women who fall victim to such violence. Among the new initiatives -- self-defense classes. This woman says they've worked. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ASSAULT VICTIM, SABTO, SAYING: "When he was beating me with a wooden rod, I snatched it and struck him back. Since that day, he stopped beating me." Nonetheless, some women hesitate to approach police. (SOUNDBITE) ENGLISH LITERATURE STUDENT, PRIYA, SAYING: "Police has become more approachable but even today girls, they, I don't know why, but they still hesitate approaching the police. I don't know why." The 2012 case led to the introduction of tougher rape laws. They include 20-year sentence for rape, and the death penalty if the victim is reduced to a "vegetative" state, or killed.

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Prayers mark one year after a brutal gang rape that shook India

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 01:40