HOT BLAST: A rape case that captured the world's attention
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In this Dec. 22, 2012, file photo, Indian schoolchildren hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the Dec. 16 gang rape and beating of a young woman on a city bus in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
In this Dec. 22, 2012, file photo, Indian schoolchildren hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the Dec. 16 gang rape and beating of a young woman on a city bus in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)
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If you aren't following the details of a gang-rape trial in India this week, you should be. As Jason Burke wrote this week in The Guardian, "The incident was to prompt a global outcry and weeks of protests in India, and to reveal problems often ignored by those overseas who are perhaps too eager to embrace a heartwarming but simplistic narrative of growing prosperity in the world's biggest democracy."

Sentencing for the four men convicted in the brutal attack and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi last December is expected on Friday.

In a lengthy profile of the crime and the attackers published Tuesday, Burke writes:

The four men were thus all representative of a substantial element of contemporary Indian society. (The median age in India is 25, with two-thirds of the 1.2 billion population under 35.) They were semi-skilled and poorly educated, like so many other products of the country's failing education systems. They were migrants from the country to the town – four of the millions of individuals who over recent decades have converted an almost entirely rural country into an increasingly urbanised one. They were unmarried in a part of India where men outnumber women and gender imbalances are worsening. They were drinking in a city known for high levels of alcohol abuse. There was nothing very extraordinary about them. Yet within hours they would commit acts that would prompt outrage across the planet. 
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