In December last year, we heard about the gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi. From this attack, it sparked widespread protests across India to tackle the way in which women are treated in Indian society. Rape is a regular occurrence in many c …

Samantha Ritchie

In December last year, we heard about the gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi. From this attack, it sparked widespread protests across India to tackle the way in which women are treated in Indian society.

Rape is a regular occurrence in many countries around the world. For example, there were over 21,000 rapes reported last year in India alone. And shockingly, statistics show that around 90% of women do not come forward to report an attack. This is because being raped for many women brings ‘shame’ to a family. In December last year, a seventeen year old girl, who was brutally gang raped by a group of men and she was told by police that she had to marry one of her attackers or accept a cash payment to resolve the ‘issue’. She later committed suicide.

Rape is an abuse of human rights. It demoralises, shames and disregards a woman when they are attacked.

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This week, India’s president Pranab Mukherjee has backed a new law in India that will be implemented to enhance women’s rights in the country. This law, tightens legislation on sexual assault and trafficking. But, fails to address marital rape. Just because you marry a man, it does not give him the right to rape you. But, it does in India.

The government in India has not gone far enough to address the issue of rape in the country. Yes, it is the first step in tackling the issue and yes, it is instrumental in tackling violence against women. But, this does not mean we stop our activism and hang up our coats because we’ve had a victory.

Activists still have a long way to go in combating violence against women. Please support our sisters in India and around the world in campaigning to end violence against women.


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Samantha Ritchie