The tipping point in India for public outrage over violence against women was reached on December 16, 2012 when a 23-year-old Delhi medical student was gang-raped by six men. The world was shocked. The attack was New Delhi’s 636th that year. Hundreds of ordinary citizens took to the streets in disapproval of the state’s inability to make India a safer and more equitable country for women. India is ranked 105 of 135 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report. And ranked 90of 235 countries and territories in the African Views index, which measures a country’s capacity to promote human development with least amount of bias on gender, race, creed, or religion. India is an important country in the world, and the growth of India as democratic capital economy has been formidable. India is clearly improving rapidly in many areas but, are the necessary ethical and social standards developing at similar pace?
Joining us to kick start this year’s discussion on the role of Diaspora Indians in stopping violence against women in India and countries in similar situation is Mrs. Ranju Batra, the President of the Association of Indians in America (New York chapter). She has had a long-standing foundation in different social and charitable causes. We are very pleased to have Mrs Batra on the program and looking forward to an insightful discussion. Please call in with your comments and questions.
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