Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective

A poster issued by the Delhi Government in India, to raise awareness about cancer, says that “immoral sex” is the main cause of uterine cancer. The accompanying images are of a couple in love with a heart sign between them and of a boy following a girl in a short skirt with ‘hearts’ on his mind. These images convey that sex between two people in love is “immoral” and present an incident of sexual harassment as “immoral sex”. For a government held directly responsible for the Amanat gang rape case of 16 December, 2012, this is one of the many messages it has sent about how it responds to violence against women and women’s health.

The globalmediascrutiny of the Indian government, polity and society has been tremendous in the aftermath of the Amanat incident. For the international community, the gang rape in India’s capital city…

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