Kavita Krishnan: 'Change stops at the door of patriarchy'
29 January 2014 Last updated at 16:07 GMT
The Secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association, Kavita Krishnan, told BBC HARDtalk that attitudes about rape are changing in India, but some politicians are not keeping up with public opinion.
The women's rights campaigner says she fears that the political discussion about rape and the sexual assault of women is often being conflated with other topics, such as caste distinctions - and is losing its way.
Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown in India since the gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi in December 2012.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Wednesday 29 January at 21:30 GMT.