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Twin taboos: Sexual assault and child abuse once again in the national spotlight

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On the sixth anniversary of the 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, which sparked mass protests against misogyny across the whole of India, a three-year-old girl was hospitalised after allegedly being raped by a neighbor in Delhi. Dr Elizabeth Chatterjee, Lecturer in Regional and Comparative Politics, Queen Mary, said: “For too long, discussing sexual abuse has been taboo in India. The Nirbhaya case struck a chord because of the sheer savagery of the attack, and because Delhi’s middle classes could relate to Jyoti Singh: a student traveling back from watching 'Life of Pi' at one of the city’s many malls.”
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