The Pink Gang Rebellion and Genetic Passport

The brutal details of the 2012 Delhi bus gang rape focused international attention on India's rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. Delhi's police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk but these measures are hardly a solution. Reports of rape in Delhi doubled in 2013 and, as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is worse. Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers ignore victims and their families. Sampat Pal has united rural women into the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, to combat the injustice of sexual assault. Gelareh Kiazand heads to rural India to embed with this revolutionary gang.

From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union detonated more than 450 nuclear bombs on the people of Kazakhstan in an area known as the Semipalatinsk Test Site. Hundreds of thousands of Kazakh people suffered from the blasts and, therefore, not only were they exposed to radiation, but it became part of their DNA. More recently, a Kazakh doctor has been trying to implement a mandatory genetic passport, something that would allow the Kazakh people to know if their genes were damaged by the radiation in order to prevent the births of a new generation of deformed children. Thomas Morton goes to Kazakhstan to learn more about this controversial initiative.


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