09 Jan '13, 5am

'In India's villages, Delhi rape spurs restrictions'. My piece on how the rape is seen differently in rural areas. #AFP

'In India's villages, Delhi rape spurs restrictions'. My piece on how the rape is seen differently in rural areas. #AFP

While the gang-rape of a student in New Delhi has prompted women in cities to assert their rights to freedom and safety, in India's male-dominated villages many leaders see things differently. In one of many such cases, the village council of Khedar in Haryana state decided at the weekend to ban "vulgar songs" at weddings, prohibit women from wearing jeans and T-shirts, and stop girls from carrying mobile phones to school. "The village heads met on Sunday because they were shocked with what happened in Delhi. If a gang-rape can happen in Delhi, it can happen in our village too," village head Shamsher Singh told AFP by telephone. "In cities, girls are free to wear anything they want, but our village is a small place and if one girl starts wearing Western clothes then every girl wants to do the same." The move reflects the schism in India between the urban -- where women hav...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/indias-villages-delhi-rape-spurs...

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