India’s rape problem


Bollywood’s Richa Chadha on India’s rape crisis(PHOTOS: AFP)

India is reckoning with a rape problem.

According to the latest government figures, about 100 sexual assaults are reported each day. Many more go unreported because of the social stigma attached to victims.

But the conflict is front and center.

Last week, a 23 year old woman in the state of Uttar Pradesh, was set on fire as she travelled to testify against the two men accused of raping her. She died from her burns the next day.

In a separate incident, four men accused in the rape and murder of a 27 year old veterinarian – were shot and killed by police in what many believe was an extra judicial killing.

With demonstrations throughout the nation, public outrage has reached a fever pitch. And India’s women are demanding action.

In this episode, we feature an interview with Bollywood actress Richa Chadha on India’s rape crisis. She has been speaking out on the frustrations faced by women – as they struggle to be heard by law enforcement, the government, and the culture as a whole.