- Posted January 3, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Another horrific gangrape in India: What are we doing wrong?
- The dark side of India’s Kiss of Love protests against moral policing
- Perspectives from India: Why I relate to that catcalling video
- On Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's sexist remark about women
- Protest against the rape of 6-year old in Bangalore
Rape and Sexual Violence: An Indian girl's perspective
meeravijayan was featured on the January 2013 "iReport for CNN" program on CNN International.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Everyone has been asking - How can something so horrific happen in the national capital? The problem with a society where violence is so inherent is that no one reconises it. No one understands it. This is one of the reasons why rape is still not seen as a human rights violation in India. And what happens when it's not seen as a serious human rights violation? This. So why has the Delhi rape case affected me? Because I have faced all of it - I have been hooted at, called names and judged for being ambitious. This girl - it could have been me, it could have been any of my friends, and I know, no one would have taken us seriously.
Sexual violence is more than just physical abuse, it's damaging on so many levels; mentally, emotionally and pscyhologically. Yet, the conviction rate when it comes to rape in India is dismal. Most politicans have serious rape charges against them, most policemen view rape victims as perpetrators and often commit the crime themselves - so what chance do millions of ordinary girls like me have when it comes to finding justice? I feel angry and I think I have the right to be, not just at the way the system works but at leaders in the parliament who have been defending themselves instead of taking women's rights seriously. In the long run, I hope things change, but then again - I don't know how long that will be.