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Woman fighting rape in India’s old boys club

February 6th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Five men are on trial in India this week for the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old girl.

The case has put India’s treatment of its women, and especially rape victims, under the spotlight as never before.

Even if a rape is reported, victims often complain that Indian police either dismiss their complaints or fail to protect them from their attackers.

Indian police estimate that a staggering 60% of rapes go unreported. Just 26% of the prosecuted cases resulted in convictions in 2011, according to the National Crime Records Bureau.

Kiran Bedi was the first high-ranking female officer in India's police force. Her tough brand of law enforcement made such an impact that she became a nationally-recognized figure. A documentary film called ‘Yes madam, sir,’ chronicled her career as a crusading activist.

She knows better that most what needs to change in her country – demanding a wide-ranging education campaign and an entire overhaul of the police, judiciary and politics to combat the systematic scourge of rape and violence against women in India.

In the video above, Bedi tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the old boy’s club she fought as an officer and says must be taken on again to combat the culture of rape.

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Filed under:  India • Latest Episode

One man and a $60 billion-dollar checkbook

February 6th, 2013
11:37 AM ET

By Ken Olshanksy, CNN

Dr. Jim Yong Kim may have one of the best jobs in the world, but also the hardest.

As head of the World Bank, he has almost $60 billion to spend to fight poverty and boost the middle class. But poverty isn't giving up without a fight.

About 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day, a number that hasn't changed much in more than 30 years. And successful growth of the global middle class comes at a cost: A massive income disparity as the poorest are left behind.

Raising the standard of living across the world is crucial to keeping the world safe and secure. But Jim Yong Kim is not your typical banker. He is a doctor and anthropologist, with an extraordinary track record fighting disease in the poorest corners of the world.

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Filed under:  Economy • Latest Episode