In Chicago, as in Delhi, as—where not?—getting around comes with a special edge if you happen to be female.

A recent gang rape on a Delhi bus has spurred the “rape crisis” protests and calls for the death penalty that have been all over the news for the last few days.

Ironically, some of that public rage reflects a culture in which women are still regarded as property.

An editorial last week in the Hindu put it this way: “India’s society rails against rape, in the main, not out of concern for victims but because of the despicable notion that a woman’s body is the repository of family honour. It is this honour our society seeks to protect, not individual women.”