Sobhi Mohanty

Sobhi Mohanty grew up in India and came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at Yale University. She did her masters in political science under Dr. Elinor Ostrom, analyzing institutions of governance in India and other developing countries through an interdisciplinary lens that primarily included new institutional economics. At present she is returning to India to gain further insights into Indian policy reforms and to work on economic-development projects targeting the urban poor. To read more of her writing, visit her blog.

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To Stop Rape, Fix the Police Force First

AP Photo/Manish Swarup
AP Photo/Manish Swarup in New Delhi, India, policemen stand guard at the judicial complex where a new fast-track court was inaugurated Wednesday to deal specifically with crimes against women. I n the past few weeks, the brutal murder of a young woman in New Delhi has consumed international media and fomented a social rebellion in India. The victim, a 23-year-old medical student, was gang raped in a public bus, then mutilated with iron rods and thrown out onto the street; she died on December 29. As a woman born and raised in India, I can attest to the ubiquity of sexual violence. I myself avoided being gang-raped by a group of drunk men through sheer providence. I was 20, a junior in college here in the United States, and doing a field project on rural cooperatives in India. My guide—a local girl my age—and I had decided to stay overnight at a one-room guesthouse in a village hosting a traditional, all-night festival. Sometime in the middle of the night, we awakened to what sounded...