Indian women shout slogans as they participate in a nationwide "I Will Go Out" march to raise questions about safe access for women and marginalized communities in public spaces across in India, in New Delhi on January 21, 2017. AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA
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Hundreds of women gathered in over 30 towns and cities across India late on Saturday, saying they were "occupying the night streets" to demand safety in public spaces after reports of the mass molestation of women in Bengaluru city on New Year's Eve.Sex crimes are common in India, where the National Crime Record Bureau says more than 34,000 rapes were reported in 2015, although women sometimes do not report assaults for fear of the associated social stigma.At least 30 Indian towns and cities -- including Hyderabad, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Puducherry, Lucknow, Pune, Jammu, Dharamsala and Bhopal -- held events, with a few hundred participants turning out in each city, said organizers.
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