India's state-run General Insurance Corporation has offered women "rape insurance." The new insurance coverage for rape was included as part of a larger insurance package offering coverage for more traditional injuries and hazards.
Indian women's groups have criticized the idea that rape victims be offered monetary damages for their suffering and claim that offering insurance for the crime makes rape seem like "an accident."
A General Insurance Corporation spokesman denied these charges and said that the company believes a monetary settlement would help women to cope with rape.
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .