Thanks for your letter. Yes, as Indians, many of us are deeply ashamed of this tragic incident, even more so as it is part of a larger context of rampant violence against women in this country.
On top of having the world’s largest numbers of those living in absolute poverty, suffering severe malnutrition or without sanitation and shelter we have also today become the globe’s foremost Republic of Rape.
You have asked in your letter why exactly is it that India has such a high number of rapes? You also ask if any meaningful long-term measures will result from all the public outrage on display currently?
It was really an informative letter for me to read about India's religious and cultural hx. and the effects of war and colonialism - all, it seems, always with horrific cost for women and children. I always understood India to be one of the most advanced, tolerant countries in the region .... I'm not sure why. This person (I had said lady, but I don't know if it's a man or a woman!, I'll have to look that up) spells out just how bad it's been.