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3 Years After Disha Rape And Murder In Hyderabad, What Has Changed?

People preferred vigilantism - 'encounter' - to a justice that is excruciatingly slow and then sometimes never reached. But that is not a real solution.

Trigger Warning: This speaks of rape, gangrape, violence against women, murder, mob and police vigilantism, and may be triggering for survivors.

December 1, 2019
Necklace Road, Hyderabad

Two days after the horrific rape and murder of a young doctor in the outskirts of the city, the people of Hyderabad gathered to demand justice for the victim who would come to be called “Disha”. In the dark evening, lit only by the flickering light of wax candles, I couldn’t make out what the posters that the people were carrying. But soon the slogans began- “We want Justice. We want Encounter.”

The inevitable demand for vigilantism

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Natasha Ramarathnam

Natasha works in the development sector, where most of her experience has been in Education and Livelihoods. She is passionate about working towards gender equity, sustainability and positive climate action. And avid reader and occasional read more...

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