Last Sunday, August 1st, a nine year old Dalit girl in India was raped, murdered, and cremated by a priest and his associates without her family’s approval.
In New Delhi, hundreds of protesters are gathering to ensure justice for the nine year old and demand the death penalty for the priest and his peers who have been found guilty.
The Dalit class, known as the “untouchables” have systematically and socially struggled to find equality. Suman Dixit, an activist for women’s rights in New Delhi told Al Jazeera that, “This is not an isolated incident. It’s just that it came to light. Sexual violence against women, particularly those from backward classes, is common in this country and they have to struggle hard to get justice.”
According to government released data in 2018, on average, one woman is raped every 15 minutes in India. This statistics highlights the large gender gap in India and the struggles that women face on a day to day basis.
India’s rape and sexual assault issue needs to be put to an end. Love Nisa stands in support with the many Indian women who are abused, assaulted, raped, or harmed in any way.
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Written by Sara Hamadeh