However, some believe that this is a battle for women only. "Research shows [women's movements] need autonomy and self determination," says Natalie Gyte, head of communications at the Women's Resource Centre, the UK umbrella body for women's charities. "We have to decide what we want and how we want to achieve it.
"It's not dissimilar from the Civil Rights movement which had to come from black people to progress it and have something of their own.
"Men can't live that reality [of women's oppression]."
So what should men do?
Gyte says: "Men can listen, educate themselves and change their own behavior.
"I'm all for men creating their own organizations, but they should be about changing masculinity."
Some men are doing just that. On March 16, men from different walks of life, from suited office workers to rugged Delhi bikers, gathered in Jantar Mantar -- a well-known protest area in Delhi -- to apologize to women.
Holding posters with words such as: "Delhi women: I'm sorry, I'm changing," this was an alternative response to the rape crisis and the offense rate in the city, known as the crime capital of India.
Recent figures from the National Crime Records Bureau show that in 2012, more women were raped in Delhi -- 585 cases -- than in any other of India's largest cities.
The so-called public apology was organized by India for Integrity, a charity formed by a circle of male friends during the anti-corruption movement in 2011. They encourage personal responsibility and follow the slogan: "I am corrupt and change starts with me."
"This isn't our responsibility, what do you have to be sorry for? It's the girl fault," was one such comment Abraham received on the group's Facebook page, which has over 4,600 likes.
"This is the debate we need to have, encouraging people to introspect. That's the first step to change," says Abraham, echoing the philosophy of the late Mohandas Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Kotwal says that although the rape crisis in India cannot be denied, this is a problem the world over, citing the U.S. military as one example, where recent Pentagon estimates indicate a 37% increase in sexual assaults to 26,000 cases last year.
But Abraham believes looking at the statistics of other countries is ignoring the fact that there's a huge problem at home.
Nobody believes social overhauls happen overnight. Spacie says change begins with educating today's youth; therefore it will take a generation before real transformation is seen.
But the efforts of some of India's gentlemen provide hope that chivalry is alive in a country where a rape crisis is at odds with its image of spirituality and gentleness. But how can the message reach the real culprits?
Kotwal says: "The message has to constantly be out in the media, public, our discourse, education, corporate and political worlds.
"It's got to be this drone that you can't get away from. We all have to become the message."