India rape victims demand dignity at 1st public rally

24 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: Teju Bai walked for a month to join a rally in India’s capital by thousands of sexual assault survivors who came together in public for the first time to demand justice, reports AFP.

Bai’s daughter-in-law was raped last year. The young woman has been shamed and remains a target for abuse while her attacker remains free, she said.

Sexual assault has become a tinderbox social issue in India after the horrific rape and killing of a student on a New Delhi bus in 2012 that made global headlines.

Changes were promised, but for many, the shaming and blaming of victims remains relentless.

Bai said she, her son, and his wife—the victim—had to leave their village in the central state of Madhya Pradesh after the young woman was accused of “enticing men” while her husband was away.

“The villagers ostracised us and called my daughter-in-law names,” said Bai who was joined by her son and his wife at Friday’s Dignity March alongside 5,000 other people.