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Lata (name changed), 24, rescued from Shonagachi red light district in Kolkata- India, by NGO workers, now lives in an NGO shelter in the same city. She left home when she was still a minor, after being repeatedly beaten up by her own brother and his wife. She changed hands and ended up as a sex worker. Crimes against women have been going on since centuries. In India, women have been categorically marginalized with various types of repressions enforced upon them. Be it home or outside, an Indian woman is potentially at the risk of being discriminated against, molested, raped and even killed. Until recently, turning a blind eye to such crimes has been the norm in largely gender-biased Indian society. But after the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of the Delhi Physiotherapy student, the so-far-silent middle class has turned vocal.
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