In our own country, prior to the feminist movement of the 1970s, it was not uncommon for a judge to acquit someone of rape because the woman dressed provocatively, for husbands to legally rape their wives, and for sex crimes to cause so much shame for the victim that the victim and her (his) family kept it secret. Of course, back in the 1970s, you had the American right wing actively disparaging the women's movement. They often still do. Susan Faludi wrote a terrific book, Backlash, that provides ample documentation of that. At any rate, it's hopeful to see what is going on India in response to the abuse of women. All around the world, we see men slowing losing their special privileges and conservative social beliefs dying a well deserved death. The world has a long way to go, but the progress is encouraging. Death of India rape victim stirs anger, promises of action | Reuters (Reuters) - A woman whose gang rape provoked protests and rare national debate about violence against women in India died from her injuries on Saturday, prompting promises of action from a government that has struggled to respond to public outrage. The unidentified 23-year-old medical student suffered a brain injury and massive internal damage in the attack on December 16 and died in hospital in Singapore where she had been taken for treatment. Protesters rallied peacefully in the capital New Delhi and other cities across India to keep the pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government to get tougher on crimes against women. That was in contrast to the pitched battles protesters fought with police last weekend.