Casual laborers often work throughout their pregnancy and rarely attend hospital appointments because they cannot afford to give up even a day's wages. "It is difficult, but work is work, I have to do it," said Rama, adding that taking breaks is frowned upon and often results in a scolding from her supervisor. She explained how she walks slowly to work these days, but with caution. "When they see us resting, they ask, 'who will pay for your wages?'"
"The systemic changes that should have accompanied the change in law and policy is unfortunately missing six years after the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey," Jayshree Bajoria, author of a report into the barriers that sexual assault victims face when seeking justice, told CNN.
Authorities in India's capital are increasingly trying to train women to survive the hostile and dangerous environment they continue to face on its streets after a series of highly publicized rapes rocked the country.