“A Danish woman was held at knife point, beaten and gang-raped in the centre of New Delhi’s backpacker district after she asked a group of young men for directions back to her hotel,” telegraph.co.uk reports. Needless to say, the UK paper makes no mention of armed self-defense. But they do offer solutions (such as they are) to India’s increasingly visible problem of rape . . .
“Women’s rights campaigners said despite the widespread protests provoked by the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old Delhi student just over a year ago, police are still failing to provide protection and implement new tougher laws to curb the assaults. Vrinda Grover, one of India’s leading lawyers and women’s rights campaigners, said foreign women are particularly vulnerable because they don’t have the heightened sense of alert Indian women have developed to protect themselves in the country’s ‘misogynist culture.'”
Speaking of “tougher laws,” gunpolicy.org rates India’s gun regulations as “restrictive.” While the media hand-wringing over this incident continues apace, no doubt the number of firearms held by Indian women – illegally – is soaring.