The Indian Rape Experiment

Imagine yourself walking down a street in New Delhi and suddenly hearing a woman screaming from inside a white van with black-out windows. Do you stop and try to help or just ignore it?

In a shocking new video posted on Youtube, numerous men simply walked past the van or even stopped to listen before moving on. Only a small minority of the men in the video are actually seen trying to help. One older man actually struck the van with his walking stick while another man attempted to enter the van to help the woman inside.

Except that there was no woman in the van, just a tape recorder. The cries for help had been recorded as part of a social experiment conducted by Indian activist group YesNoMaybe to call attention to the rape culture pervading much of India's society. Though numerous high-profile rapes have been reported in the media, including the horrendous gang-rape and hanging of two young girls recently, the video highlights the sense of apathy that still surrounds sexual violence towards women.

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