Indians voice indignation over highly publicized incidents of rape, like the recent one in Delhi of a young woman by an Uber driver, but there is little public discussion of the socio-cultural context of the rape epidemic.
We have far more than 87,000 rapes in this country every year, but each of them is invariably portrayed as an isolated incident. We have dots so close they're splatters melting into a stain, but hardly anyone connects them, or names that stain.
Rape isn't a trope. It's not a meme. It shouldn't be dismissed and no woman or girl or man or boy who is victimized by it should ever feel shamed into silence. No one ever should have but certainly not now, in 2013.