‘What is rape, Mom?’: A small town in India grapples with how to protect children
Politicians and civic leaders for years have struggled to find a cause and a solution to what has become known as India’s rape crisis. Are patriarchal attitudes toward sex to blame? Or the impunity for perpetrators? Proposed solutions run from vigilantism to the death penalty. But in Gajipur, just outside India’s capital, the most pressing issue after the rapes was how to protect the town’s children — and teach them to protect themselves — while allowing them to have some semblance of a childhood.