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January 14th, 2013
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"Slumdog" star on rape threat growing up in India: "This might just happen to me"

Six men are being held in the rape of a passenger on a coach in northern India.

The local police say the victim was taken 'forcibly' to an unknown location on the night of January 11th.

Police: 7 men gang rape bus passenger in India

The arrests come just weeks after the gang-rape and murder of another woman on a bus in New Delhi sparked nationwide protests.

The five suspects charged in last's month's gang rape appeared in a court hearing today. The lawyer for one of the five men charged in the brutal rape and murder of the woman says his client is a minor - calling for an age-determination test.

New Delhi gang rape attack 'didn't surprise me, it disgusted me,' says Padma Lakshmi

Actress Freida Pinto, famous for her role as Latika in the "Slumdog Millionaire" was in India days after the incident and she's speaking out now for the first time against these horrific crimes in her country.

"We need to keep this fight alive." Pinto added, "Justice needs to be served."

Pinto is a 'Because I am a Girl' Ambassador,  a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    See also: Prof. Michael Porter, HBR. "Creating Shared Value" Jan 2011.

    January 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    Considering how many of these women & girls are working in other people's homes and have no alternative form of transport besides these buses, I'd think that companies like P&G or Unilever that are pulling in so much emerging markets revenue from the work they do could contact their hiring agencies, pony up a few dollars, and secure a few safe bus lines for them. Or even holler at a shareholder like Bill Ackman. As Virgil Earp once implored Wyatt: "These people are afraid to even walk down the street & I'm trying to make money off it like some kind of vulture."

    January 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply

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