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India struggles with social media after rape uproar

NEW DELHI — Protests against a gang rape have galvanized thousands of young Facebook- and Twitter-savvy Indians, and they once again exposed the Indian government’s beleaguered and often blundering efforts to join the social media bandwagon.

The government appeared completely caught off guard by the outrage that started online and spilled into the streets over the Dec. 16 rape of a New Delhi woman, who died two weeks later. Its slow but eventual response was a series of bland, scripted statements by ruling politicians, some embarrassing bloopers, and a heavy police crackdown.

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