Modi says India is shamed by rape in Independence Day speech

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Indian PM Modi addresses the nation from the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out against rape in his first Independence Day speech on Friday, saying the country was shamed by increasing reports of sexual violence against women and girls. “Today when we hear about these rapes, our heads hang in shame,” said Modi, from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort in old Delhi on the 68th anniversary of the country’s independence. Newspapers and television channels in India carry daily reports of the rapes of women and young girls, some murdered by the perpetrators to cover the crime. The high-profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012 led to country-wide protests for better security for women and sparked national debate about gender inequalities in India.


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