So, three months after the outrage which sent thousands of Indians spilling out onto the streets to protest at the fatal gang rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi, the country's parliamentarians were forced to sit up and listen and approve a tough new law to curb rising sexual violence against women.
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has hailed the new "anti-rape" law - which means repeat rapists or those who leave their victims in a vegetative state can be hanged - as a law which would create a "revolution" in the largely patriarchal country.
But how much of a landmark law is it really?
Yes, there are certainly some welcome and promising provisions – making human trafficking, acid attacks, stalking and voyeurism criminal offences, expanding the definition of rape and sexual harassment, and making gender-insensitive police and hospital authorities more accountable.
It recognises gang rape as an offence, gives space for prostitution to be seen as consensual as opposed to purely exploitative, and bars the use of a woman's sexual history to prove consent to intercourse.
Many of these issues are crucial, and India's women's movement had demanded such changes long before the Delhi gang rape on Dec. 16.