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Growing outrage over rape cases forces India to tackle caste, religion, gender issues

Spate of attacks forcing India to tackle issues like caste, religion and gender inequality

It has been termed "rape culture", but the bland phrase does not come close to capturing the savagery of a series of crimes that has convulsed India and ignited an intense debate about sexual violence against women.

Much of that debate has centred on the sheer brutality of the attacks, with victims as young as eight being violated and set on fire.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2018, with the headline 'The shame of being 'the rape capital of the world''. Print Edition | Subscribe