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Image: Courtesy of Ram Devineni

Two years ago, a young woman was brutally gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi. Three days later, she died from her injuries. The incident pushed millions all over India to protest violence against women – and it inspired New York-based filmmaker Ram Devineni to create Priya, a survivor of gang rape and comic book superhero who seeks to stop violence against women.

Devineni tells NPR’s Goats and Soda blog that the idea for Priya was born out of a conversation he had with a New Delhi policeman in the days after the 2012 rape:

“I asked what he thought about what had happened on the bus. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said ‘No good girl walks home alone at night,’ which implies she deserved it or provoked it. I immediately realized the problem of sexual violence in India is not a legal issue but a cultural problem.”

Read more of their conversation here.