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India's Benchmark Year for Women’s Issues

Adjacent to the Delhi’s Chief Minister’s office in the capital, six women answer a stream of phone calls from women in distress. The toll-free 181 number was set up by the government after last year’s brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in the capital led to her death. The response to the hotline has been unprecedented: more than 1,500 calls every day. More than half of the callers complain about sexual harassment or domestic violence, and roughly one in five calls fall in the...

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