A far-right political party is distributing thousands of knives to women in a western Indian state to help them protect themselves after a fatal gang-rape last month alarmed the country.
Indian women hold knives as they pose for a photo during a function organised by the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, in Mumbai, on January 23, 2013. The party distributed knives to women for self defence as a gift on the birth anniversary of their late leader Bal Thackeray.
Shiv Sena, a party with a reputation for intimidation and unrest, began handing out the weapons to women at a function in Mumbai late Wednesday on the birthday of the group's late founder Bal Thackeray, who died in November.
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