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One more Nirbhaya Day comes along on 16th December, 6 years since Jyoti Singh a.k.a Nirbhaya was brutally gangraped. Has anything changed for the women of India?
A man on the cleaning staff at SRM university masturbated in front of a student in a lift as she was going up to her room in the hostel. The authorities have since done everything but support the student.
Bystander intervention by speaking up, reporting a crime, and following it up does give results, even if not satisfactory every time. But that did not faze these inspiring women who are committed to getting a rapist punished.
While the possibility of sexual assault and harassment impacts most women in India, Dalit women in India are particularly vulnerable. Caste based crimes need significantly more attention than we give them now.
On Diwali day, a patient contacted me online to ask if ejaculating on a virgin girl's vagina could make her pregnant. When I came to know the girl was a 10 y.o. child, I decided to report him.
Child sexual abuse usually happens at the hands of a known person, and a child might not know what is happening, and might not have the words to express it. Empower them to speak up.
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