Affiliations: Anthropology, Public Health
Award: Woodrow Wilson
Comparative Analysis of Rape Cases in India
On December 16, 2012 there was an unprecedented public outrage and collective empathy seen throughout India displaying solidarity for India’s daughter, Nirbhaya, who was gang raped and brutally assaulted on a moving bus in Delhi. My project is a comparative analysis of four landmark rape cases in India from the 1970s, 1990s, 2012, and one recently in 2014. Comparing the public responses, representation of the cases in the media, the feminist movements that developed and prompted change in the area of social justice for women, the debates that were spurred from these cases and the changes in the laws that proceeded will allow us to understand the transforming dynamics of the perceptions of women’s rights in India.
Mentor: Dr. Veena Das, Anthropology