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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.

READ MORE: Indian rape debate: Why death penalty is no solution 

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  1. Rohit

    India needs more people (and women) like Kiran Bedi.

    February 6, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
  2. Pushparajan D

    As per my opinion, first they should be served with surgical castration including to that BECHHA raskal.

    February 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  3. Solomon

    I'm Solomon from Ethiopia. I miss the day when all females be able to exercise their right to travel from one corner to another corner of the world at any time of the day.

    February 7, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
  4. Damoder Dev

    Custodial rapes are routine and are not prosecuted because cops are involved.If there is hue and cry from the press,the cop involved is suspended for a while and back on job in no time.Basic problem of policing in India is corruption by the top brass of the force with the active connivance of the lower level force.The Indian Police Service (IPS) personnel are millionaires with middle class incomes and there is no way govt.has any will to check this menace.If a rape victim goes to police to complain,cops do not register the complaint in order to make money from the offender.

    February 7, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply

    Is it possible , just possible that the 5 men will go scot free by declaring that it was the juvenile who committed the rape while they just facilitated it by pinning her down or by thrashing the male companion . In which case , they may get something like 7 years ( subject to parole ) and the juvenile also gets away by being a minor. The law is an ass !

    February 7, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
  6. Ranvijay

    The scenario is still unchanged and since Mrs. Bedi there are more people in the administration but they are not able to enjoy their power and are forced to deal with political pressure. Secondly rightly said by Mrs.Bedi that no body go to ask the Judges.parliamentarian and other buerocrates so it our duty to put the govt in situation to recruit masses of judges and opening of numbers fasttrack court and make ammendment which certify the certainty of punishment.

    February 7, 2013 at 10:42 am | Reply
  7. Shantam gaur

    The outrage of young india that had came on the streets of indian capital last december against the barbaric attack on the girl ,giving us the new hope of ray to the world that some day the girls in india as well the whole world should get respect and free from the fear of humiliation and all kinds of discrimination .

    February 7, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply
  8. Darblo, Samuel T.

    I think the issue of rape needs greater attention and a severe punishment. Police shouldn't take such for granted.

    February 8, 2013 at 2:17 am | Reply
  9. OP OP

    Women in India are demansing the right to arm themselves
    -to carry a firearm.

    CNN and its 'hidden masters' -REFUSE- to cover this,
    even as things quicken with the POST American takedown
    -RED China handover agenda.

    February 8, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply
  10. harriscolette

    We need to consider how to deal with masculinities in ways that are useful to prevent this kind of event from happening again. Please see our blog on the topic at

    February 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply

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