The National Crime Records Bureau mentions that a woman is raped every 6 hours in India. That staggering number is enough to put fear in the hearts of women across the country. That’s why we need organizations like Vimochana to support and assist women in need.
We all know about the Nirbhaya case. The horrific sexual assault, rape and death of a bright, talented 23 year old girl sent shock , aves across the country. India woke up from a deep slumber. The apathy that had been built over decades was shaken to the core. Is our country safe? Are Indian men aware of their violent tendencies? These questions started bouncing around. India was angry and India wanted answers. But sadly like a wave that rises and crashes, Indian memory too was short lived. We went back to our lives. We forgot that rapes happen EVERY day. Most of them are not even reported to the police or the media. Unlike other crimes, a rape victim does not get justice once the crime is over. They have a lifetime of pain, terror, guilt and anger left to live.
How do we remedy this? Steps need to be taken from the bottom. Uneducated, angry, unemployed men are waiting to express themselves sexually. Rural areas prohibit mingling between boys and girls. This leads to a repressed youth who is desperate to find an opportunity. Sex, relationships are frowned upon in villages. There is also a glaring lack of respect and empathy towards women. Couple this with women and girls who can’t fight back and you have a ripe case for potential assault. Sex education and awareness needs to be taught in all classes. Women should feel safe in their own villages and cities. Tribal communities are one of the major groups suffering from rapes and sexual harassment. Their wariness of the judicial system means they don’t report any rapes or assaults to the authorities. Vimochana is finding steps to solve the problem.
In terms of domestic abuse or assault, it gets even darker. The violence and pain come from somebody you know and are intimate with. Abusers will take advantage of their victim’s submissive and docile personality. Even educated and strong women can suffer domestic abuse. Abuse has a wide spectrum and doesn’t necessarily mean only beating or physical abuse. Mental abuse, insecurities, gaslighting and psychological abuse are all shades of this act. Abuse victims don’t ask for help and deny they are in a problem. How do you help somebody who doesn’t even ask for help?
Institutions like Vimochana see the bigger picture. They want to help victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and harassment. Women who are beaten or abused mentally by their partners are often scared. They may ask for help but they keep on going back to their abuser. Activists at Vimochana know its a pattern. They have seen several women ruin their lives this way. To avoid any hassles, they offered legal aid. This way, a professional can step in and counsel the couple. Activists also understand that an Indian woman who has been separated from her husband is a marked woman. The social and emotional trauma is more than what victims can handle. Based in Bangalore, Vimochana has helped several women in need over the years. The organization also intervened in cases they thought could be solved by mutual discussion and calm thoughts. As a third party, they felt that they need to try everything before resorting to legal or official warnings. They had trained psychologists, activists and counselors to support these women. Victims could receive legal aid, a support system and a friendly ear at Vimochana.
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