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Friday, May 25, 2018

Growing outrage over rape cases forces India to tackle caste, religion, gender issues

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USe this to consider the idea that when someone commits a crime, the society he was brought up in is also an accomplice. Rape in India can be traced to the caste system, and the highly patriarchal society where women have low status and little rights...

But the sense of national shame, with India dubbed the "rape capital of the world", has forced an uneasy nation to confront issues that go deep into the notions of caste, class, religious tensions and the power imbalance between men and women.

In response to public anger, the government introduced the death penalty as the maximum punishment for child rapists, but a series of rapes have since continued to capture headlines.

Qn: ‘Rehabilitation, not punishment, should be the purpose of the justice system.’ Discuss. (Cam. 2017)