In 2012 a horrific gang rape in Delhi lead silenced women all over the country to raise their voices against cultural oppression and gender-based violence. Massive protests spread across the country, demanding justice, protections against sexual violence and igniting a new wave of feminism in India. The protests challenged the cultural stigmatisation of rape, perceptions of male dominance and patriarchal social power structures. In this podcast, Payal Shah explores the effects of these protests on Indian feminism.

Acknowledgements to:

Dr Illan Wall, Reader, School of Law, University of Warwick, for the incredible support in the production of this podcast and throughout the module.

Dr Sneha Krishnan, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Oxford, for participating as an interviewee and sharing her invaluable expertise and experiences.

Professor Oishik Sircar, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, for participation as an interviewee and sharing his insightful knowledge on the topic.

Professor Debolina Dutta, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School, for participating as an interviewee and sharing her insight on the topic.


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Krishnan S., “Responding to rape: Feminisim and young middle-class women in India”, in Alston M. (eds) Women, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia. Gender, Development and Social Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London


Desert City by Kevin MacLeod

Dhaka by Kevin MacLeod

Invariance by Kevin MacLeod

Namaste by Audionautix

Navajo night by Audionautix

Mumbai: large noisy crowd at Gateway of India by BBC Sound Effects

Delhi: Auto-rickshaw by BBC Sound Effects