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Scant reaction in India to screaming 'rape victim' locked in van

Published on Jun 13, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Although the screams of a woman are clearly heard coming from inside, a handful of men are seen walking and cycling past. Some stop to listen before calmly moving on. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A screaming woman locked in a van sparks scant reaction from passers-by in a social experiment in New Delhi, as India once again faces up to a series of gruesome rapes and murders.

Experts and activists said the video posted on YouTube pointed to a general apathy in India about violence against women despite outrage in some quarters over the gang-rape and lynching of two girls in the country's north.

"There's still an apathy about what's happening to women, an insensitivity on the issue, although attitudes are changing," said women's activist Ranjana Kumari.

The video, which has been viewed more than 1.2 million times since it was posted last week, shows a white van parked in a secluded area of Delhi with the windows blacked out at night. Although the screams of a woman are clearly heard coming from inside, a handful of men are seen walking and cycling past. Some stop to listen before calmly moving on.

 
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