WSJ and HarperCollins co-publish ‘Crimes Against Women’


Written by Wall Street Journal Asia Editor Paul Beckett (@PaulWSJ) and Delhi-based reporter Krishna Pokharel (@PokharelKrishna) along with contributions from other reporters and editors from The Wall Street Journal, the book also examines two other narratives of exploitation and abuse in India and is available for download from Apple iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play and Kobo.

Other highlights from the book include:

• Updates on the fate of the suspected rapists and the efforts of the young woman’s family to cope with her brutal death;

• Analysis of the forces that have created a dramatically unequal society, one where women experience harassment on a daily basis and often much more serious aggression;

• A series of recommendations that would alter this picture, which includes the need for politicians, civil society groups and law-enforcement authorities to face the problem rather than downplaying it, and for every Indian family to look inward at how women are treated in the home;

• Two accompanying in-depth narratives that go far beyond the Delhi rape case in showing how women can easily be exploited and abused in a country where, in theory and before the law, men and women have equal rights. One probes the 2011 murder of a Catholic nun who was opposed to the expansion of mining in a tribal district. The other follows the Dickensian tale of a young woman duped into leaving her village with three young children and the dire consequences that result;

• New and updated information on all three cases, bringing readers the latest on three crimes that shook the nation and changed how the world views India.

This is the second e-book co-published by The Wall Street Journal and Harper in recent weeks. The first, “Pope Francis: From the End of the Earth to Rome,” revealed new insight into how Pope Francis was elected.

A print version of ‘Crimes Against Women’ will be available in bookstores in India in mid-July. To purchase and download the e-book, please visit: