October 11 turns out to have been the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to focus on the adverse consequences of child marriage in particular. Hillary Clinton spoke to the issue--the latest in a campaign for women she has conducted throughout her time as Secretary of State.
In one particularly outrageous commentary last week, an elected official from the Congress Party in the state of Assam said that the answer to a recent increase in the number of rapes reported was for girls to be married at 16. He also said 90 percent of rapes are consensual. Does this sound familiar?
And here's an even worse story, from the October 18 Times of India: in the state of Bengal, three women were hanged recently by villagers for being witches.