Protesters shout slogans during a protest to mark the first anniversary of the Delhi gang rape, December 16, 2013.
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Last year, on the evening of September 15, a group of one hundred young women from some of New Delhi’s top universities took to the streets. They hoisted banners and posters and chanted “pinjra tod,or “break the cage,” the slogan of their new campaign to end the curfew placed upon them at their schools. Earlier that month, university administrators at Delhi University passed a rule prohibiting female students from leaving their dormitories after 6:30 PM or in more lenient cases, 8:00 PM. Students who flouted the curfew were penalized with further restrictions or faced losing their spot at the coveted dormitories,

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