Indian students carrying placards shout slogans against the brutal gang-rape of a woman on a bus in December 2012. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and the criminal justice system as inadequate to deal with it.

The national survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center one year after the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi unleashed a wave of public anger about sexual violence in India. The results were published Tuesday.

The survey shows nine in 10 Indians agree that the crime of rape is a “very big problem.” About eight in 10 say the problem is growing.

And despite some legal reforms after the Delhi case, about three in four Indians say laws are too lax and faulted police for not being strict enough in investigating rape cases.

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