Prof. V. Santhakumar tries to fathom the origins of this, for women, very uncomfortable trait of Indian culture, that does not seem to die off even after years of modernisation and growth of the middle classes.

It is with a heavy heart that I read about another brutal gang rape by 6 or 7 men of a 29 year-old woman, this time in Punjab. Not much is yet known about the circumstances other than she is believed to have been travelling on a bus back to her village on Friday night.

Only a few weeks ago I penned an article about rapes in rural India, only to read about another gruesome rape that just happened in New Delhi. Delhiites are outraged, understandably so. Women are more frightened than ever to go to work or to even venture out shopping on their own, let alone use public