By Henry Hullah, CNN
The first female foreign minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar's country and the region surrounding it has become entrenched in international condemnation as a stream of crimes committed against women are coming to light.
In particular, so-called "honor killings" are taking place on a large scale in Pakistan, with 869 committed in 2013 alone.
"I would say that the whole question of honor as being the protection of the men's honor as against the woman's life and the woman's honor," Khar says, "So the question of honor is actually the honor of the man."
"Therefore a lot of legislation is required."
By Mick Krever, CNN
To some, Narendra Modi is a technocrat with a record of economic reform; to others, he is a nationalist who stood by as Muslims were slaughtered in his home state of Gujarat.
No matter the truth, Modi will become India’s next prime minister after claiming victory in a landslide election last week.
“He has the ability to completely remake the country,” writer and historian William Dalrymple told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
“Maybe people hope that he will do so, and break the logjam of ossified bureaucracy and cut through all the blockages in the system. And they’re longing for a strong leader.”
So great is Modi’s majority, Dalrymple said, that he is just 30 votes from having a majority that could alter the constitution.
“The worry is that he will turn out to be a kind of Indian Putin – a nationalist, a strongman.”
By Mick Krever, CNN
India is taking a “calculated risk” with the election of Narendra Modi as prime minister, Indian business leader and public intellectual Gurcharan Das told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.
“It’s obviously a risk you take when you bring in a strong person. But I believe that India has enough constraints of a pugnacious press, a fiercely independent judicial system, and a disobedient people, that I think the chances of getting a dictator are diminished as a result of some of these.”
Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory in a landslide election last Friday. He has drawn praise for the economic revitalization of Gujarat, his home state, but criticism over his Hindu nationalism and alleged role in anti-Muslim mob violence a decade ago, when he was chief minister of Gujarat.
Das voted for Modi, but says the decision “took a lot of agonizing.”
“I feel he’s grown. I hope he has grown. And I feel we are taking a risk, but it’s a calculated risk that the country is taking.”
The man who may be India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi, is insisting he wants to be a leader for all Indians, not just the Hindu majority.
The latest reassurances come amid concern over his ties to Hindu nationalists, and anti-Muslim comments made by some in the group over the past few days.
But despite these concerns, the election momentum is still in Modi's favor.
As Indians go to the polls, CNN's Fred Pleitgen has the story of the 97-year-old who has voted in every Indian election.
Click above to watch.
By Mick Krever and Sumnima Udas, CNN
Last December, India was shaken to its social foundations by the brutal gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old woman on a bus ride home from the movies.
The four men who raped her were sentenced to hang; CNN’s Sumnima Udas spoke with the victim’s mother, father and the doctor who examined her, who said she suffered the most atrocious injuries he had ever seen.
The case has affected “every aspect of Indian society,” Kiran Bedi, India's first high-ranking female police officer and now a social activist told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.
“It's made the criminal justice system move – whether it's the policing, whether it's the prosecution, whether the judiciary, even the legislature.”
Whenever there is an instance of sexual abuse in India – no matter how far flung the locale – the media is doing a better job of promoting awareness.
“The questions are asked: What is the political system doing or…how is the criminal justice system responding,” she said. They are “all on notice.”
An Indian court has just convicted four men in the gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a New Delhi bus last December.
According to UNICEF, 50% of Indian men condone domestic violence.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour tells the story.
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.
By Samuel Burke, CNN
The men accused in the brutal multiple-rape and killing of a 23-year-old Indian woman have been formally charged in a New Delhi court, but a leading Indian lawyer and women’s rights activist is calling attention to how Indian authorities commonly handle rape cases.
“Investigation by the police is extremely shoddy.” Kirti Singh tells CNN’s Fionnuala Sweeney. “They may not collect proper evidence.”
Police often carry out obscene physical exams on rape victims.
Singh says there is fairly widespread practice of using a two-finger vaginal examination to determine whether a woman was previously engaged in sexual intercourse and courts even look at evidence submitted from this type of assessment.
By Ananth Guruswamy, special for CNN
Ananth Guruswamy is director of Amnesty International in India. As the organization's chief campaigner, political advisor, strategist and spokesperson, he leads efforts to end human rights abuses in India and the region.
New Delhi (CNN) – The tragic case of the 23-year old woman who was brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by six men in New Delhi on December 16 has highlighted the unacceptable reality millions of women in India are facing. Violence against women is endemic - more than 220,000 cases of violent crimes against women were reported in 2011 according to official statistics from the Indian government, with the actual number likely to be much higher.
If there has been a silver lining to this horrendous case, it has been the enormous outcry from Indian society. What started as student-led protests in New Delhi has grown to encompass Indians from all walks of life and from the whole political spectrum. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets with the clear message that something has to change, and that women should no longer have to live in fear. <<READ FULL ARTICLE>>