It's been 7 years since the brutal gangrape and torture of a 23-year-old young student sent shockwaves across the nation, became the subject of international news, and India rose in protest. A year later, a 22-year-old photojournalist was gang-raped at Shakti Mills, in Mumbai. These are just two of the hundreds of cases registered on crimes against women.

Protests on rape in India
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And if that wasn't abhorring enough, in 2018, when a young 8-year-old was brutally gang-raped, for days, and then murdered, a section of the society actually defended the rapists. Now, a doctor in Telangana, Hyderabad was raped and burnt alive by people who pretended to help her with a flat tire.

Kathua rape case protests
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So, has anything really changed in the last seven years? These facts suggest otherwise:

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The aforementioned cases and facts barely skim the surface when it comes to exploring and analyzing the extent of crimes against women. And yet, such heinous crimes have become so common that it appears we have become 'numb' as a nation. Because, for 'India's daughters', safety is a far-fetched dream and a 'Twitter trend' is the extent of a whole nation's concern. And if things don't change any time soon, then the 'vision 2020' that India is looking at seems dark and devoid of humanity.

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