Because of the nature of the crime, rape is widely believed to be under-reported worldwide. In India, which is socially more conservative than some other countries, there is widespread speculation that rape is a much more serious problem than statistics alone might suggest. Victims of rape in the country often bear the double-burden of being blamed for the very crimes which were committed against them by their own families and the families of those who raped them. Because of this, many women fear retribution for speaking out publicly about their trauma. "This kind of victim blaming is the norm in India," says Sharma. "If you turn a blind eye, the problem won’t go away."