The Silent Survivors of “Legitimate” Rape

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The Silent Survivors of “Legitimate” Rape

Illustration: Rutuja Patil/Arré

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he came to the hospital with that most ordinary of maladies, a fever. The young woman, accompanied by her mother-in-law, queued up in the women and children’s block of KB Bhabha Hospital, one of Mumbai’s busiest public hospitals.

When her turn came, she rattled off the symptoms, her eyes glued to the mosaic floor, her voice trembling. She was running a high temperature and had a constant dull ache in her abdomen.

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