The heart wrenching news of the passing away of the brave young woman who was brutally gang-raped by six young men in a moving bus on Delhi streets marks a tipping point. The protests across the country that have gone viral in recent days represent how we as a nation have arrived at a moment of transformation that many young people have provoked across the world in recent years. Mohammed Bouazizi of Tunisia, who sparked the Arab revolution; or Malala, the young Pakistani teenage social reformer shot by the Taliban; and the children massacred in Newton, whose death has sparked a major debate on guns, that until recently was considered unimaginable.
The woman’s brutal rape and murder provides the spark to bring the culture of destructive masculinity, and the pervasiveness of rape and sexual violence in our society to the front and centre of the political agenda. Such violence cannot be reduced to a social problem to be handed over only to women’s police cells or departments in charge of women and children’s affairs. Its eradication is central to our self worth and integrity as a nation.
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