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Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images/File But rape knows no boundaries of class or culture.

Myriad phone calls -- mainly to lawyers, journalists and activists -- led nowhere. She was a poor, uneducated girl who lived in a remote village.

New headlines about rape in my homeland set me on a journey to find her.

, a tribal girl, and she performed the most menial of jobs to put bread in her belly.

The four men convicted in December's gang rape are about to be sentenced. But social attitudes here lag far behind material gains.

From the main road outside the courthouse complex, I can see Select Citywalk, the luxe shopping mall where the 23-year-old woman had gone to see "Life of Pi" with a male companion. Men and women mingle but rarely touch -- and never kiss in public.

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