Crimes Against Women: Three Tragedies and The Call for Reform in India is a book written by the staff of Wall Street Journal, India Bureau. Contributions to the book have largely been made by Krishna Pokharel, a reporter for Wall Street Journal in New Delhi; and Paul Beckett, the editor of Wall Street Journal for Asian region.
Right around the time when the world was getting ready to bid 2012 adieu, India witnessed one of the most horrific crimes in recent history. A woman was gang raped in a moving bus, and she was brutalized with an iron rod. The incident sparked fury among the people of the country. Massive protests were held everywhere, demanding better security for women in the country.
Crimes Against Women: Three Tragedies and The Call for Reform in India takes a look at the December 2012 incident, along with two others. The first incident is that of a Catholic nun, who was killed in a village in India when she raised her voice against mining mafia. She was also protecting a rape victim. The second story is that of a woman from Bihar, who was lured to Delhi on the pretext of a job. She was forcibly married, which wrecked havoc on her and her family.
The book contains detailed accounts of all the three incidents. The family and friends of victims were approached, who gave Wall Street Journal access to the gruesome details. The friend of the December 2012 victim, who was with her on the bus, agreed to tell the story as it really happened, down to the very last detail. The woman from Bihar also broke her long held silence for the book. This book has been published by Harper and is available to purchase online. The paperback edition of the book is listed with ISBN-10 number of 0062312170 and ISBN-13 number of 978-0062312174.