Apr 20, 2018

India rape crisis: Twitter users rally round hunger striker

As India's rape crisis continues, a hashtag has emerged expressing support for a hunger striker demanding tougher penalties for rapists. Two long-running rape cases continue to be the focus of emotionally charged conversations on social media in India. Since Maliwal began her hunger strike, the rape and murder of two other young girls in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have also been widely reported in the country. "A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate this torture with our daughters? You are always questioning your daughters, why don't you ask the same questions to your sons? I believe this is the evil of not just the individual but also of the society," he said, while addressing the Indian diaspora in London on 18 April. "Crime rate for rape in India is already very low. We are not even in top 50 countries. Crime-against-women laws are biased in favour of women. Why this drama of #BetiKhatreMeinHai? Your boy is more likely to be accused in fake rape molestation charges than actual rape. What next?" read one reply to an update on Maliwal's protest.

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