Nothing will really change until patriarchal attitudes do

Nothing will really change until patriarchal attitudes do

September 10, 2013
After India's rape verdict, the question being asked is whether anything has changed in the past nine months. While there has been some progress, this does not necessarily translate into women feeling safer. There is no doubt that the gruesome case and the protests that followed represented a watershed moment where the entire country responded for the first time to an instance of sexual violence, which had till then been seen as a “women’s issue”. However, the impression that violence or crime has gone up in the past nine months is a difficult one to prove. What has happened is increased reporting, greater awareness and media focus on the issue.