Rape in India: A fear that cuts short dreams

The Straits Times' India bureau chief Nirmala Ganapathy and India correspondent Debarshi Dasgupta travelled to Unnao, a district in Uttar Pradesh state which has recently seen some high-profile rape cases, to find out how they have affected the lives of the women

A woman at the grave of her sister who was raped and later set on fire, allegedly by two of her accused rapists, in a village in Unnao. Accompanying her on the visit to the grave were police officials assigned to protect the family. She said her sist
A woman at the grave of her sister who was raped and later set on fire, allegedly by two of her accused rapists, in a village in Unnao.ST PHOTOS: DEBARSHI DASGUPTA, NIRMALA GANAPATHY

UNNAO (Uttar Pradesh) • Like any ambitious young woman, Ms Meenu Yadav has a dream - to get a government job.

For any woman in rural India, that would be a tough challenge.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'A fear that cuts short dreams'. Subscribe