Rape report blasts India's governance

Posted: January 24, 2013

DELHI - The judicial panel set up in the wake of national protests after the gang rape of a young woman on a bus in the Indian capital submitted its report Wednesday, castigating politicians, police, and the army for failing to protect women and children, and calling for far-reaching changes in the way the country is governed.

The three-member panel was established to assuage national outrage over the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student last month, but did not bow to public pressure to propose the death penalty for rapists or to lower the age at which young offenders could be tried; the lawyer for one of the accused rapists in the New Delhi case says his client is 17.

Instead, in a 200-page report, the panel slammed decades of apathy and criminal behavior in the way the country was governed and said the nationwide protests were "a call to India to change the a way in which women are treated." It also laid bare a deep disconnect between India's young people and its government.

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