Following the gang rape of a young woman in December 2012, India witnessed widespread protests, sparking a public debate about the treatment of women. A raft of new legislation was passed, aimed at reducing violence against the female population.
A year after the attacks, Vrinda Grover reflects on the measures that have been taken. She examines whether law can be a sufficient instrument of change, or if a broader approach encompassing civil society, education and other factors is required. She also examines how India’s institutions and drive for economic growth affect the range of complex challenges that confront women in India today.