One year ago, Jyoti Singh Pandey (“Nirbhaya”), a young urban woman studying to be a physiotherapist, was brutally raped and murdered on a bus in New Delhi. The incident brought unprecedented attention to the multifarious ways in which women in India– and indeed, around the world– are perceived as inferior. It also sparked an unprecedented wave of activism; men and women alike took to the streets, horrified by the crime and the culture that allowed it to happen. One year later, can we honestly say that things have changed for the better? Mallika answers this complicated question in a recent piece in Reuters.
Whatever your level of optimism, we cannot let this young woman’s death be in vain. Jyoti will be the light that will lead us to a brighter, less-violent, and more equitable future.