To begin with, hear the story of one child. On 17 December 2012 — just one day after the gangrape of a young paramedic in New Delhi shook the world — a three-and-a-half-year old baby girl returned from school with her clothes streaked with vomit and blood.
Her father, Gagan Sharma (name changed), had moved from Kolkata to a slum in west Delhi in 2003 in search of a better life. The little girl had been listless and reluctant to go to school for weeks. Now, when her mother asked her what had happened, she told the story haltingly, riven by fear.
She spoke of a bald man — the principal’s husband — who had threatened to hang her from a ceiling fan if she dared to open her mouth. She spoke of how he had taken her to the bathroom, made her lie down, and inserted his penis and fingers into her vagina and her anus, blaring music in his room to drown any noise. She spoke of how he had done this to her many times before, forcing her to keep quiet by saying terrible things would happen to her parents if she talked about it.
The girl’s mouth was full of ulcers from a drug the alleged perpetrator — a man called Pramod Malik — had forced her to take to render her unconscious while he raped her. Read More>
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The protestors are out on the streets of Delhi again. In December, post the gruesome gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student, public anger had bubbled out into days of sustained protests which led to the Justice Verma Committee recommending changes in our laws in order to better protect citizens against sexual assault. The Anti-rape Bill was passed in Parliament last month against this backdrop. The fact remains that despite the country-wide outrage, despite the protests, despite the committee and the amendment of the laws, the horror doesn’t cease. Every single day brings a new case to the fore, each more horrific than the previous. Read More>
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DON’T KID ME!… that’s exactly what I replied to the SMS from a friend who announced in absolute joy, “Hey, the Child Sexual Abuse Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha.” I ignored the message and drowned into my laptop. Then I received another message from another friend, saying, “Congrats buddy” and then another and another. I thought there must be some truth to it. I decided to investigate. I Googled and landed on Aamir Khan’s interview about Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill 2011, being passed by the Lok Sabha. I streamed the interview repeatedly to confirm if what I heard was indeed true. And yes, it was. I could hardly contain my emotions. I became a puddle of tears. I am someone who has been through 11 long years of sexual abuse in my childhood. Abuse by a male relative. Though I don’t mull over it much and see it as just one challenge in my life that I won over in my own way, I can’t deny that I did spend a lot of time in my childhood watching my friends play as I stood at the stands with no confidence to stand with them shoulder to shoulder. I can’t deny that those are some precious years that I would never get back. Read More>