Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has arrived in Britain for a visit. Here, Jenn Selby of the #HerVoice campaign explains why, tomorrow, women are staging a protest as he speaks at Wembley Stadium
Being raped doesn’t just throw you into a deep, black depression. It kills off the person you knew yourself to be and forces you to become a new one.
We all go through the same mental battery, the victim blaming, and the social stigmas that would never be inflicted on a victim of GBH, attempted murder, or even a victim of theft.
In India, however, the issue is amplified. Not only do sex crimes occur with alarming frequency (a woman is raped here every 34 minutes), but survivors are often rejected by their families, mocked and bribed by corrupt police officials, and cast out by their communities.
Marital rape does not exist as a concept. As Priti Paktar, founder of anti-sex trafficking organisation Prerana told me, rape culture is such that “many people do not even know that it is wrong”.
Already, the stories I’ve heard from survivors here are beyond belief. A premature baby girl dumped in a toilet. A 15-year-old mother, who gave birth after she was raped by a cab driver while escaping her father, who had sexually abused her as soon as she hit puberty.
It is our job to give #HerVoice as much exposure as possible to an international audience, as well as an Indian one. Human rights lawyers, renowned social activists, actors, journalists, and even chiefs of police in India have already pledged their support to the campaign by and sharing photographs of themselves holding the message ‘End The Violence’ on social media.
Speaking about the necessity of the campaign, Udwin told us:
#HerVoice: Why we're protesting Prime Minister Modi to help Indian rape survivors Jenn Selby 12 Nov 2015Tweet
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