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'I live in terror' - India's women speak out over nation's rape crisis

India has been gripped by outrage over a series of brutal rapes, the latest of which included the gang-rape of an eight-year-old.

Following protests and calls for action, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced capital punishment for anyone convicted or raping a child under the age of 12.

Women in India have told ITV News about the harsh reality of living in a nation seized by a rape crisis.

  • Kritika, 28
Kritika, 28, says the main problem lies with how society is educated. Credit: ITV News

"We live in a society that teaches don't get raped instead of don't rape."

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Kritika, 28, tells ITV News the key problem lies with how society is educated.

"We live in a society that teaches don't get raped instead of don't rape, she said.

  • Jyoti, 27
'Even when we're born we don't have freedom', Jyoti, 27. Credit: ITV News

"If we are not born we are killed in the womb."

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Jyoti, 27, who also lives in India explains the "painful" reality of how bias against women begins before birth.

Describing the growing trend of sex selective abortions against baby girls, she tells ITV News: "It is really painful.

"If we are not born we are killed in the womb.

"If we are born, we are subjugated. We are told what to wear, what to eat and how to do it."

  • Unnati, 21
'Being a girl in India is really hard,' Unnati, 21. Credit: ITV News

"All I feel is unsafe."

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Unnati, 21, tells ITV News how the recent spate of rapes have made her feel unsafe in her own city.

"I cannot go out with my friends, I cannot go out with my family.

"We're not at all safe."

  • Mansi, 26
'I live in a terror,' Mansi, 26. Credit: ITV News

"I live in a terror actually."

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Mansi, 26, says the feeling of being unsafe is felt across the board, by women of all ages.

"In today's times, I really feel unsafe, I live in a terror actually.

"Not only me and people of my age but who elder to me or younger to me, everyone is unsafe today."

  • Kanika, 28
Kanika, 28, lives in Delhi. Credit: ITV News

"So you're not raping a woman, you're raping everyone else too."

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Kanika, 28, says she feels scared in Delhi.

"In everybody there is her," she explains "so you're not raping a woman, you're raping everyone else too."