Publication Date

April 2016


William Pinch


History (HIST)


English (United States)


On December 16, 2012, Jyoti Singh Pandey was raped and murdered aboard a bus in Delhi. The case, which has come to be known as the “2012 Delhi Gang-Rape” or “Nirbhaya,” caught hold of Indian popular interest, instigated mass protest, and became an international media sensation. In a world, a country, and a city where sexual assault—in many cases fatal—happens with abhorrent regularity, why did this event capture local, national, and international interest? This thesis seeks to answer this question by applying a historical approach, analyzing the rape, the responses to it, and its meaning as an event in contemporary history.



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